Today you should read: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Have you ever lost someone close to you? If you haven’t then you are very blessed, but the reality is all of us will experience losing someone we love at some point in our lives. Genesis 3:19b reminds us of the reality of death: “till you return to the ground for out of it you were taken, for you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Sin brought death into our world and we all must face the sting and hurt that comes with it.
I remember when I lost my grandfather. He was a great man and was more like a father to me rather than a grandfather. Growing up I spent a lot of time with him on the farm. However, he was a lost man and struggled with alcohol. His health deteriorated drastically over the last couple of years of his life. I remember that time and how much I was afraid for him to die. I was a believer at that time and I knew that he would not experience eternal life. I had shared the gospel with him a couple of times but it never went anywhere. In the last year of his life he ended up in the hospital and was dead for a few minutes. He made it through this time and when he woke up my mother’s pastor had a chance to share with him. This time he accepted the gospel. It was one of the happiest days of my life.
Today’s passage reminds me of the day that my grandfather passed away. I was sad and missed him a lot, but I had peace and joy because I knew that he was with Jesus and I would one day see him again. I was able to grieve my grandfather’s death with hope, which is what Paul means when he says: “that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” I hope that you are able to grieve your loved ones with the same hope.
This life is not the final destination, and I want to urge us all to think of those in your life that you love. Do they know the hope that is in Jesus Christ? If they died would they go to be with our Lord Jesus? What about you?
Posted: Chad Wiles