By A. Eliamani
Death is one dreaded occurrence in humanity. It has shuttered and ruined lives because of its devastating effect to those left behind, it has caused divorce, mental anguish and stress, stroke, nervous breakdown, sickness, and even death. Death seem to take away something we hold dear and the separation that comes as a result of death is heavy and to many, unbearable.
The main reason this becomes so is because we have put our trust on things that are not eternal, things that are temporary and passing away. We have chosen to lean on things and people that are mortal that the bible describes as ‘flower that today is and tomorrow is no more.’ When someone you loved dearly dies, when someone you depended on dies your life seems to come to an abrupt end that is hard to bear and many keep asking themselves questions that would not get answers from anyone that is also headed for the same death. I have heard of people who die on receiving news of death, I know of people who have been stricken by stroke left paralyzed till death due to the loved ones death, there are those who have committed suicide because they cannot bear the loss of death. Devastation is real. The devil knows that it is a blow to heavy for many to handle and has used death to bring destruction to many by making them to put trust on transiency rather that eternal.
Those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches? Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice, that he should live on forever and never see the pit. For he sees that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others. Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they called lands by their own names. Psalms 49:6-11
David calls those who put their trust on things of the world fools. Basically this concept of foolishness is seen from the earlier chapter of Psalms where he says ‘the fool has said in his heart “there is no God”’ Psalm 14:1 By putting trust on things that pass away we have made a foolish choice of life. The good news however is that God is beyond the grave and has all in control for them that choose him. Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25, 26
Jesus demonstrated that by raising Lazarus John 11:43, 44 and Jairus daughter in Luke 8:54 he himself raised form the death on the third day and is now preparing a place for those who love him. Death is temporary to those who have put their trust in God, but that same death will become the ‘dwelling place’ of those who are foolish. You better believe!!
Further Reading: Psalms 49; Revelation 1:17, 18; 2Timothy 1:9-10; 1Corinthians 15:21, 22, 26; Ezekiel 18:32