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Dealing With Our Problems Biblically: Fear of Death, Part 5

June 10, 2015

Grace to you! Death gives us many reasons to fear it, such as our lack of control over it. But scripture answers this fear!

We like to control things! God has designed us to exercise loving dominion over the earth. (Genesis 1:26-28) God has placed limits on us though. But we sinfully believe we have more control over things than we actually do. As a result, we live carelessly in regards to our diet, where we spend our time, what we give our affections to, etc. But this fantasy gets stripped away when the end of life approaches. Death reminds us that we are not ultimately in control. People begin to see that what they lived for or thought they had control over are in fact fading away. Death controls us and that’s why it is so fearful to face.

All of a sudden death arouses us to ask certain questions: “How will it control me? Will it be a peaceful death? Long? Painful? Easy?” Our fear of death is vamped up and we feel our hearts struggling with the fear of “I can’t stop it!” With such thoughts, there are only two ways we can respond to the fear of having no control over death. We can see what God says in His word about dealing with it or we can seek to find our own way to face it. One brings honor to the Lord, the other results in a sinful response. Let’s see what God’s word says.

First, although we can’t control death, Jesus not only controls it but has ultimately defeated by His own death and resurrection. (See John 16:33) How we die is even determined by God. (See John 21:19) Second, the fact is we are not in control of our lives right now. No one can make their heart beat any longer or make their lungs fill with air one more time. Not only is our death out of our control, but our very living right now is out of our control. It’s why when we learn to trust Jesus with our life, we can trust Him to be in control of our death in a way that honors Him! Besides, Jesus says, “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?” The answer: no one! In fact, worrying actually shortens our lives!

So our answer to this fear for those who know Jesus Christ as their Redeemer is, “For all things belong to you, whether…life or death or things present or things to come; all things belong to you, and you belong to Christ; and Christ belongs to God.” (1 Corinthians 3:21-23) Christians remember this, “If we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” And with that we say, “Amen!” (Romans 14:8,9)

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