the crossI’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. No, I’m not being morbid. But in the past two years, I have attended quite a few funerals and visitations for those who have gone home to be with the Lord. Some of these are parents of friends – parents who lived a long life. However, I’ve also attended funerals this past year of friends who were in the prime of their lives and were effectively serving the Lord.

I have found myself asking, Why, Lord? Why do you take some people home early in their lives and allow others to linger on this earth long after their quality of life has vanished (like my 98-year-old mom). But God reminds me, it’s not for me to question. He wants me to trust His hand and His timing.

So how are we to live in light of the uncertainty of life and death?

1. Be certain of your eternal destiny. 

  • 1 John 5:13 — “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.”
  • We won’t fear death if we know where we will spend eternity. Be certain of your eternal destiny.

2. Rest in His sovereignty.

  • Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 – “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven – a time to give birth, and a time to die. . .”
  • God knows and has ordained the day of our birth and the day of our death and every day in between. It’s all part of His sovereign plan for our lives. We can wrestle with it or rest in it.

3. Live each day as if it were our last on this earth.

  • Psalm 90:12 – “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
  • Don’t assume tomorrow will come. Live with a sense of urgency, not complacency.

4. Use our days on this earth wisely.

  • Ephesians 5:15 – “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time. . .”
  • Don’t waste your days.

As I watch my mom in this chapter of her life, I have asked the Lord why He doesn’t take her home and free her from this earthly body that has worn out. She has said she is ready. I don’t know why, but I know my God, and that is enough.