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What is it that makes death so tough?
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 20:30

Psalm 139:16 reads this way, “All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old”….

We read that verse and think, “Sure, God has everything planned, but we don’t get very many days to spin around on this great big globe…”

I know it seems that way to us. We think of our lives being short, but have you ever stopped to think of our lives in terms of eternity? A person’s days on earth may seem like a drop in the ocean, but compared to the Atlantic of Eternity, you could live to be 103 and still fill no more than a tea cup with all of your years. James was just not speaking to the young when he said, “Your life is like a mist, you can see it for a short time, but then it goes away” (James 4:14)

In the plan of God, every single life is long enough and every death is timely.

You and I might wish for a longer life, but God knows better and God knows best. And though you may sit at a funeral and wish for more years and a longer life for your loved ones, they don’t. Yes, you read that right, they don’t. Ironically the first to accept God’s decision of death is the one who dies.

While we are shaking our heads in disbelief, they are lifting their hands in worship. While we mourn at a graveside, they are marveling at heaven. While we are questioning God they are dancing in his presence. While we cry they are praising!

But hang on one second…what about those who die with no faith?

I have met people who have shared, their spouse never prayed. My grandpa never worshiped. My mother never opened a Bible, much less her heart. What about the ones who never believed?

How do you know they didn’t?

Who among us is privy to a person’s final thoughts? Who among us knows what transpires in those final moments? Are you sure no prayer was offered? Eternity can bend the proudest knees, and I think often does. Could a person stare into the yawning canyon of death without whispering a plea for mercy? And could our God, who is partial to the humble, resist it?

He couldn’t on Calvary. The confession of the thief on the cross was both a first and final one. But Christ heard it. Christ received it. Maybe you never heard your loved on confess Christ, but who is to say that Christ didn’t?

We don’t know the final thoughts of a dying soul, but we know this. We know our God is a great God and a fair God. He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9) He wants our loved ones in heaven more than we do. And He is fair and just, and He usually gets what He wants.

Now don’t think for a minute that I am saying that a person does not have to accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. The Bible makes that clear, He is the way , the Truth, and the Life…but in the end…they don’t have to walk down an aisle on a Sunday, they don’t have to fill out a card to send to Nashville, or they don’t have to stumble down the Roman Road past the Spiritual Laws and into the EE or CWT Rest Areas. They do have to accept Christ. The only one who knows if they do is Christ, and He is the one that we all will stand before.

So hold on to hope and remember that the one you are responsible for is you, make sure you have taken care of yourself in relationship to God…accept Jesus today. Then do me a favor and tell your family, it will make them feel a lot better when they are forced to say Goodbye to you one day.

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