1Thessalonians 4:13 “Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.”
Paul in writing to the church at Corinth said, “…to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” He alludes to the fact that there is life beyond the flesh that we live in today. It is a hard thing to loose a loved one, we reminisce on the times spent having fun, debating on issues worth our time and those that absolutely mean nothing. We remember shared goals, ambitions and future experiences. We remember fights and arguments that we had in the past, and suddenly we remember all those things are in the past, brought to a sudden end by death!
As we grieve we must also look to the hope we have in God. Scriptures remind us that it is also an ignorant thing to grieve as one without hope (1 Thess.4:13). The Adamic sin brought death and destruction to all men, but in Christ Jesus we have an ultimate victory of life. The suffering and pain of this world cannot be compared to the glory to be revealed in the sons of God.
For those in Christ, death is only a transition. It is moving from a place of suffering and decay to a place of eternal glorification. There is a resurrection, where “the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.””
Today I mourn the loss of a dear friend and brother, but I am confident in the fact that he was in Christ, therefore he is in a much better place. As much as my heart aches, I wouldn’t trade his present comfort for anything else. It only reminds me to cherish each moment spent in this world as we often tend to forget how valuable each moment is.
As the Psalmist writes, I pray “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Ps.90:12). Wisdom to judge our experiences rightly, and wisdom to make the best of each moment that we have in this world.