Recently I had news, and it made me think a bit critically of the Christian faith or more precisely about my stability in the faith. Not because I am currently in any crisis of faith, but because I recognize that quite a lot of people go through such crisis and scriptures did not leave the believer in doubt as to the possibility of his exposures to such. If anything, the believer is almost assured that he will go through such issues, however, the difference is that there is some stability he can bank on and strength he ought to draw from. The last triumph supplying hope for the next engagement. What are we to be persuaded about as believers? Quite a lot I should say, in this series I hope to touch on a few.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
My interest is solely in the part that says neither death nor life. In this connection, I refer to them from the perspective of our experience of death and also of life or living. I’m sure a few of my readers would have said or heard someone say something like Boy! I have seen life. It’s one of those statements that are weighty to a degree that they don’t need any explanation. We implicitly understand even as we listen, for at a basal level, we understand. We can relate. Sometimes, life has made us question the reality and the power of the love of God towards us. And in those times, it does appear that the required stability and strength comes from an implicit certainty and acknowledgment that it’s not despite our circumstances that we are loved but rather even in the thickness of the unpleasantness, we truly are loved by God in Christ Jesus and have access to the possibilities occasioned by that love.
For death, it hits that hard and true, for there is a sense of definiteness, hopelessly, and betrayal associated with it. An irrevocable step, a rude interruption. It usually hits hard when we lose a loved one. This pain is described as a spear that pierces the heart, it bleeds bright red blood. It is one of the very few experiences in life that can in one fell swoop, alter almost without repair the course of a man. It’s no surprise that it checks the construct of men because it stares us in the face as a fact, that can’t be denied or explained away. I believe that this pain and sense of abandonment often provides a brilliant backdrop for the radiance of God’s love towards us in Christ, for in it we find comfort, in it we find that death is not the end:
1 Thessalonians 4:13-14
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
Beloved, let’s trust God in our prayers and obedience, that we also become persuaded on this matter. It’s settled as far as God is concerned. He has loved us with an everlasting love. Ours is the next move.