Devotions

Here Comes the Judge

Daniel 12:2 (NIV):  Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.

I once led a group of military members in an exercise to help them embrace important life issues. I had each of them draw a line on a sheet of paper. On the left they were to put a date of birth. I then asked them to determine, based on ancestry, how long they might possibly live. I had them plot their estimated year of death. They then filled in other important dates from their past as well as hopeful dates in their future.

I asked them about their future. “What do you hope to do 5 years from now? 10 years from now? 25 years from now? 50 years from now?” Eventually, everyone had to say, “Well, I guess I’ll be dead.” I was then able to ask, “Then what?”

Lately, more and more people have thought about their own mortality. I observe a fear that seems to permeate our nation. People seem to genuinely be afraid of death, or have fear of going through any type of pain or suffering.

Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not volunteering to die today. Still, I am not fearful of death. I therefore am not fearful of living.

Based on nothing that I have done, but instead, based on the perfect life and sacrifice of Jesus that gives me new and everlasting life, I have confidence to live life without fear and to approach death in the same way. Yes, there are unknowns. Yes, there may be pain and suffering. Regardless, I rest on the promise of God and my hope is firmly established in Him.

Prayer: Lord God, thank You for giving me life, not just physical life now, but everlasting life. I pray that as others contemplate their own mortality, that they will embrace with confidence living life now by following You, and approaching death, with hope and trust in Your love.

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