My friend died today.
She was 41 with beautiful long curly hair and a frequent ironic glint in her eye. She also had a rare kind of cancer that was treated too late.
Some people wonder if God has ignored them when a tragedy like this happens but from my research I believe in God and I feel assured he cares for us even though bad things happen when they shouldn’t.
The Bible calls death, at 1 Corinthians 15:26, “the last enemy.” God hates death and feels grief with us.
One reason I can say that is because of what Jesus did. When Jesus’ friend died, he cried. (John 11:33,35).
Jesus and God feel the same way about things and God reiterated how He felt at Exodus 3:7, “I have certainly seen the affliction of my people…I well know the pains they suffer.”
OK so he knows but does he care? Psalms 34:18 says, “Jehovah (that’s God’s name) is close to the brokenhearted. He saves those who are crushed in spirit.” How? Well, one way is at Philippians 4:7, “…and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.”
The thing giving peace that the scripture is talking about is something you may know of, God’s Holy Spirit. Basically, the Bible explains that His spirit is the energy He uses to get things done and He promises it to us if we ask. So one of the ways He supports us and shows he cares when someone dies is by giving us peace from His Holy Spirit.
In addition, remember the scripture at the beginning calling death the last enemy? Well, the second part of that scripture is another way he comforts us. The scripture in its entirety gives this promise, “And the last enemy, death, is to be brought to nothing.”
Death no more? Of course that seems impossible. Everybody must decide what to believe individually but there are a lot of other scriptures that have the same promise. (John 5:28, 29) Knowledge of Bible scriptures is an aspect of being spiritually educated, which is as important as other kinds of education. There’s about a million different beliefs out there but having a basis for true belief is so worth it.
I hope you don’t feel preached at but I feel so fortunate to have learned reasons to believe that we mortals are not alone in our grief. God really does feel our pain and he’s reaching out to us.
If you or someone you know is struggling with sadness, I highly suggest a series of articles online called, When Someone You Love Dies. It describes the grieving process, with very practical ideas both for the sufferer and those who want to help alleviate their suffering. It also has more scriptures explaining Gods view and plan for those who have died.
Take care and talk to you soon.