“O Death, where is your sting? Oh Hades, where is your victory? ” [1 Corinthians 15:55]
How does one live once recognizing one’s own mortality—touching the gateway of death yet not passing through? A close encounter with death like any tragedy or trial of life forces us to know a much greater reality of God, consciousness and dependency on the ultimate Sovereignty of God.
In today’s high paced, fast moving, risk taking, winner take all attitude, death often creeps into life and always unexpectedly. Having faced such reality in my own life I’ve meditated on how one comes to terms with their own mortality and the effects on everyday living.
Death like life is an ingredient of living, but how does one continue to face the future with hope, expectancy and inspiration when once facing the ultimate reality of physical death? Denial is not the answer, since to deny would mean denying a reality of God Himself. So how do we integrate the two sides of this coinage of the abundant life and death that Christ gives?
The answer is once again focus—to focus on life or death would bring ultimate disappointment since neither appears as one would expect. So focus must continue on Christ Himself herein is the ‘joy of the journey’, death like life is reality, but praise be to God, death has lost its sting. Our attitude is in the assurance whether we live or die we are with Christ.
God’s will is found only in God’s presence, therefore there is great joy—not in what the future holds or how long the future, as we know it, will last but in God Himself.
Further Reading: Psalm 138; 2 Corinthians 2:14-16; 2 Corinthians 5:1-8 Philippians 2:13;