Devotion: But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13
One of life’s hardest things; is losing a family member or friend to death. Our earthly flesh never wants to say goodbye. It’s hard to lose someone to another location; earthly or heavenly. We live in a transient world, so people are moving all the time.
While we are still here on earth; at least we have phones and computers, that allow us to hear our loved one’s voice or know their thoughts. All means of communication come to a screeching halt; when one closest to us breathes his or her last.
I recently heard a woman relaying a line spoken at a funeral. The pastor giving the eulogy of her loved one said;
“Do not grieve as those who have no hope. Look at what you still have.”
In other words; Fix your gaze upon those who are left behind. Don’t grieve so hard over the one who is gone; that you miss living life with the ones who are still here. Pour your life into those whom God has chosen to leave here on earth.
We’ve all heard of people who grieve so hard; they end up dying themselves.
We are to die to ourselves, not grieve ourselves to death.
There’s a vast difference. Grief over the loss of a loved one is natural and inevitable. You will surely sense great loss; however, if your family member or friend had a relationship with Jesus Christ, you have the blessed assurance of seeing them again.
Beloved of Christ, Ecclesiastes 3:4 tells us there is “A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;”
Is it time to take off your sack cloth and ashes, wash your face and pour into “what you still have?” Ask the Lord to give you gladness for mourning and peace for despair.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord Jesus, I want to pour into those I still have. May I refuse to sorrow as those who have no hope. In Jesus Name. Amen.