Facing the Final Curtain


There is a song which says in part “and now, the end is near and I face the final curtain”.  The lyrics suggest the end of life as “the final curtain” – the last act in the drama of life.  The challenge for many is the uncertainty of what the final act in the drama of life will be.  We fear death because we are unsure of what death holds.  Of course, as a follower of Christ, a person can be confident in life after death.  Jesus Christ declared Himself to be “the Resurrection, and the Life” and He said that the one who believes in Him will never die and the one who believes in Him, though the person be dead, he shall live again (see the gospel of John 11:25-26).  Still, even followers of Christ can sometimes find themselves in dread of death – especially when the death is someone the love.

In such cases, the person who believes in Christ and is facing the death of a friend or family member can take courage from God’s instruction to Joshua when God called Joshua to lead the children of Israel into the land God had promised to give them.  In Joshua 1:9, we read “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Notice that last phrase – “your God is with you wherever you go”.  Just as God promised to be with Joshua as he obeyed God’s command and moved forward in a role and into a place where much uncertainty awaited, you and I can move confidently forward through our greatest fear even when we don’t understand what lies ahead.  Our confidence is not necessarily based on our ability to believe.  Rather, the basis of our confidence is the certainty of our God’s presence with us in all things.  Somehow, as I walk with yet another family through the valley of the death of a loved one, I am encouraged by God’s promise of His company.  Aren’t you?

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~ by brotherfaron on May 20, 2017.

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