Today I've got a devotion running on Proverbs 31 and Crosswalk, called "But Will He Conquer My Death?" If you're joining me today after reading this, I bid you a special welcome. If you are a regular reader of my blog, I'm so glad you're here today.
I think a lot of us are facing what feels like the "death" of something. It could be the loss of a job, a house, or a business venture. Some face the loss of a dream due to wrong choices, or limited opportunities due to the economy. The death of a relationship carries physical pain some times.
And it's sometimes very hard to admit the depth of the pain when you compare yourself to others who are facing significantly worse tragedies. What I want to say today is there's nothing wrong with honest grief. Especially when you've lost something dear.
There is something unhealthy about denying that pain. You see, when we deny the reality of the pain we feel, we keep God at arm's length. Being honest invites God into our real world. And that is where God loves to be, and where He does His best healing work.
If you are facing a "death" today, it's okay to admit it. You've come to the right place, because we are gong to God's Word for some hope. I hope these passages minister to you as they have to me:
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33
" ... he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. In that day they will say, 'Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the LORD, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.'” Isaiah 25:7-9
"Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him." Romans 6:8-9
"I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. " Revelations 1:18
"I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. " Isaiah 42:16
"For I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD Almighty is his name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand— I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’" Isaiah 51:16.
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39
What scripture has spoken life into your "death"? It could be one of these or one that you've read before. Please post a comment and share it with all of us. Or post a comment and share what feels like "death" to you. I've got a gift pack to give away, including a book, note pad and Starbucks gift card. I'll select a winner from those who post before Thursday night, and announce it Friday morning. Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you, or check back on Friday.
Is it too early to say, "He is Risen!"?
I think not.
HE IS RISEN!!