Because my sister just went to be with our Lord lately, I have observed once again that many individuals are extremely disturbed at the thought of death and have a hard time accepting the inevitable event. The unbeliever sometimes reacts in a way which reveals that although he or she may profess to have salvation, their actions seem to show otherwise. When some people hurt, they strike out at others because they seem to want them to hurt like they do. Understanding this faulty reasoning may help us see from where the unbeliever is operating. The unbeliever needs to call out for God’s provision. Conviction from God is a good condition if those who are hurting will just turn to Him and receive His provision in coming to God trough Christ Who is the provision for the lost condition of all mankind. Sometimes the unbeliever will strike out against those who represent and know God. A Scripture that has helped us in these times is Psalm 119:165, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” If I draw close to God, I can not only understand from where others are coming, but I can enjoy His protection! Prayer for others who are hurting not only helps them but it will also help the believer.
Believers should sorrow, but not as others which have no hope. Our hope is in the Lord and His great provision for our spiritual welfare. God’s provisions are endless:
“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” (2 Corinthians 5:6-11)
“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
We must be convinced that God has all the answers and get His instructions from the Scriptures.