God says there'll be a day when He'll wipe away all tears (Revelation 21:4.) He's given us that promise because, frankly, tears are a given with life on earth, and He wants to remind us that He didnt ever mean for it to be that way. So even in the worst pain, we can know that no silent tear is wasted, no gut-wrenching heartbreak goes unnoticed, and no sighs of despair are ever without hope. Why?
1) We believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again (1 Thessalonians 4:14 NLT). All hope begins here: the fact that He died and lives again. And we follow in our Master's footsteps! So it makes sense that when we die, there'll be a day when we stand up on our feet again. We will live again too.
2) Since we believe this, we also believe that, well Jesus returns! He's alive now, so it's not the end of the story. His return to earth, in a physical body just like first time around, gives us confidence that God will bring back with Him the believers who have died. God will put us back in actual bodies, just like Jesus (Romans 8:11). He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own (Philippians 3:21 NLT). Imagine that! It almost sounds too good to be true. But all the old things pain, crying, death will pass away. Youll stand up on your feet again, and you'll be at home at last, in God.
So what now? If grief has caught you off guard, or you are struggling with thinking about death for whatever reason: ask God to give you His peace. Ask Him to give you His assurance that death is not the end.
SoulFood: Gen 1316, John 13:1830, Ps 114, Pr 31:15
The Word For You Today (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by RBG New Zealand. 2011 UCB International Ltd