In my last post, I mentioned my 90-year-old dad who tested positive for the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
I am sad to report that his condition worsened and that he fell asleep in death on April 1, this last Wednesday morning. My family and I deeply appreciate the many thoughts and prayers that were offered on his behalf.
As I said before, when faced with our difficulties, we leave them in God’s hands for he is always in control. Whether in this life, or in the one to come, God will ultimately answer our prayers. For he will bring health, healing, and life to all who are in Christ Jesus (Revelation 21:4).
We are expecting that Christ will come and raise those in him to eternal life. My dad was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized when he was young. And so we know and believe that we will see him again along with all those in Christ when he comes again.
This is our blessed hope (Titus 2:13). It’s what keeps our faith strong even when times are tough and the enemy, death, knocks on our doors. It’s how we endure even in the midst of temptations, trials and tears.
We could ask many “why this,” “why that,” and “what if,” questions when a loved one is suddenly struck with something like a deadly disease. But we can’t change what’s already passed. We can only trust that when something happens that takes the life of someone you love, he or she is in God’s hands. And the Lord will ultimately, in his own time, make things right for all those who’ve fought the good fight of faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 4:7-8). That’s the beauty of God’s salvation plan in Christ.
With that in mind, I close with one of my most favorite passages of Scripture, First Thessalonians 4:13-18:
13But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words. (The Apostle Paul)
Good News to YOU!