Wednesday, January 6, 2016

God's Beautiful Response When We're Scared to Death of Death

In the world we live in today, anything can spark fear in our lives. Out of no where, I feel like fear can deceive us into thinking about the worst that could happen, and twist it into us thinking it's our reality. Are you with me? 
Maybe it's just me, but I can let fear seep through my mind, my heart, and before I know it my whole body is consumed with fear! Unfortunately, I struggled with this the other night. 
Something that taunts me, and may taunt you, is the thought of death. 
The other night, my husband and I got done praying, I rolled over, and instantly was overcome with such fear. To be honest, my biggest fear in life is losing my husband. I was full of worry, my stomach started to fill with anxiety, and my thoughts were racing. 
Maybe you can relate. Maybe your biggest fear is losing a child or a loved one you hold dear. 
I can't tell you why I was so fearful, but all I know is that the devil wanted me to give in to the fear of death.  

Rather than letting all those thoughts consume me, I began running scripture through my head over and over and over. The truth about death for every believer is that Jesus has already overcome it. He conquered death, so that we don't have to experience it. 
The Bible says in Isaiah 26:8,
"He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces..."
Jesus came and lived a life of love for people to come to know Him so that they don't have to experience the worry of death or even death itself. 
The thought of death may be so scary. I know it is for me, but the promise of hope that Jesus brings to people who lean into Him, trust in Him, and believe in Him and His promises is absolutely unfathomable. 
The reason I can't be scared about my husband dying, is that ultimately I know he will live forever, in the presence of God. 
The reason I can't be scared about my own death is that I will have that same outcome. 

I hate more than anything when the devil tricks people into fear and oppression. I hate how he tries to bind people up and forces them to cower to every worry in life. 
Living a life of worry isn't healthy! 
God never intended us to live an easy life, but instead He intends for us to live a life of JOY no matter what comes our way and the beautiful thing is that He is near through the whole process. 
My hope in Jesus and what He offers far outweighs every possible worry I can come up with.
I know, because of how God has revealed Himself to me before, that everything that happens in my life is ultimately for my good and God's glory. 
I've said it before, I'll say it again, we don't know what the Lord is sparing us from, the grace He is actually pouring out on us, when He allows us to walk through a dark or miserable season. 
I'm not saying and never will say that death of a loved one is easy to walk through; it's miserable, it's dark, it's lonely, it's full of depression, it's evil, it's so wrong. 
BUT. Our God hates it just as much as, if not more, than you fear it and dread it. 
That's why He came to defeat it. 
That's why He came to be the source of life for all mankind. 
God hates death, and His wish and desire is for all people to walk in life. 
The opportunity is there for you. 
When you start viewing this life through a lens focused on the sovereignty of God, it becomes more and more clear just how much He loves you and wants to reveal Himself to you. 
In my life, sometimes it has taken the darkest of seasons for me to realize the goodness and faithfulness of my God. 
He is the source of life. 

I'm reminded of Hebrews 2:14-15
"Since the children (that's you and me) are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them (you and me) by His death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death." (MSG version)

If you're struggling with fear, maybe it's the fear of death or maybe it's something else, I challenge you to speak truth over it.
I love that every time I share my fears with my husband, his response is, "Well if it does happen, it doesn't surprise the Lord, and He will walk with me or walk with you every step of the way."
What a beautiful response.
The Lord is gracious to hear our cries, heal our hurts, and bind up our wounds.
(paraphrase of Psalm 147:3)
He is for you. HE is the source of life that will consume your thoughts when fear tries to creep in. 
 Recently I tweeted: Sometimes fear tries to settle in our hearts and minds, but I love how God rips it away, pulls us close, and pours His peace all over us. 
And that's exactly what happened that night when the fear of death tried to grab me. God bombarded my thoughts with His truths, and the choice was mine to receive it. 

What will you choose? I pray that you choose to believe in God, believe that He is all you need in this life and for eternity, and believe that He holds you with the most sincere love-- a love that conquers every fear or chain that tries to drag you down. 


2 comments:

  1. Amen. Thank you so much for sharing what God laid on your heart. Very thankful for these encouraging words!

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    1. Absolutely. So glad you read, thank you! Hope life is treating you well!

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