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Dealing With Our Problems Biblically: Fear of Death, Part 2

April 28, 2015

Grace to you! Last week we began to look at the ominous topic of death. We’ve seen one of the main reasons we fear death is due to the unknowns surrounding it. But Jesus has died and rose again to tell us that He is with us always. It’s better to know Jesus who has conquered death than to know all the details surrounding death. This week we’ll look at another reason we fear death and how scripture speaks to it.

One of the great fears we have is everything we lose at death. We leave behind family, all that we worked for, future plans, and life as we know it. Socrates, the great philosopher, asked this question: “Must not all things at last be swallowed up in death?” He captured well our fear of losing everything in death. Sometimes we try to comfort ourselves by saying, “Well, I don’t mind dying. I just don’t want to die now. I think it will be easier to die at 100 years old!” But that isn’t the case. Even older people see the loss of things as they age. So again, we all face the loss of everything when death approaches. So is there any hope? What is the biblical perspective about this fear of losing everything in death?

We must understand that we can never die early and lose everything too soon. First, no one deserves to be alive due to their sin. “The payment for sin is death.” (Romans 6:23) The fact we live anytime at all is due to God’s amazing grace and mercy to us. So we can’t die early especially when we deserve to die right now for our sins. Second, God has already appointed the number of our days. Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, everyone of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.” How can we die early when God not only has appointed the time, but also the way we die so we can glorify Him? (See John 21:19) The comfort is that death doesn’t have the say about my death – God does. He’s appointed it for me just like He has appointed life for me now. There is comfort in knowing that life and death don’t just happen to me, but my Redeemer is directing all phases of my life!

How do we combat the fear of losing everything? By investing in things that can’t be taken from us at death. Jesus said, “Do not lay up treasure on earth where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But lay up treasure in heaven.” (Matthew 6:20, 21) What we do for Christ counts now and forever. And we will be rewarded for our labors for Him. But living for anything else will be taken away by death. Live wisely, not foolishly! Live and die for Jesus!

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