Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die.
Isaiah 57:1 NLT
In any conversation about death, the same regrets and questions arise. She died too young, his family were robbed of a wonderful husband and father, no parent should expect to bury their own child. It is difficult for us, especially in so-called developed nations, to accept that the gift of life comes with risks attached. Disease, inhumanity, natural disaster, accidents…there is a long list of inexplicable events that steal away human lives.
While death is an inevitability, the lives we choose are not. We are in part subject to circumstances outside our control and in part in charge of the decisions we take navigating life. God’s invitation is that we live in obedience to God’s ordinance. Put simply, this is to love God and love others (see Matthew 22:37-39). Of course, this challenges our instinctive selfishness, and the fears that if I don’t act for myself, I shall miss out on life’s benefits. The reverse is true in loving God and others; I open a door to being loved myself. Love is the source of our deepest joy, as anyone who has been loved will know.
Most people facing up to their death through illness or old age speak of their need to make peace with their past life. They want to be reconciled to people, express gratitude, and give expression to those periods when they experienced the most happiness. Why wait until the shadow of death hovers? These are the principles of loving God and others. So today is the day to be reconciled. Consideration of death will enable us to live life to the maximum, for we shall address regrets as they happen, renew relationships that go wrong and want to live life to its fullest extent.
Who do you want to be reconciled with, say thank you to, and give thanks for?
May the love of God our Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us today and always.