“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” – Romans 12:15.
God’s design for human life and death is a beautiful and amazing picture of His power and majesty. He designed all of human creation so intricately that nearly every moment of each passing day, while someone is rejoicing in life another person is mourning. That may seem cruel and unfair, but in reality, it is one of the greatest images of God’s mercy and grace. It is overwhelming to think about God in that way, a wonderful overwhelming, that is.
The Mercy Me song “Bring the Rain” perfectly captures the essence of leaning on God in all seasons of life, especially in the ones filled with sorrow and anguish. The song declares:
Bring me joy, bring me peace
Bring the chance to be free
Bring me anything that brings You glory
And I know there’ll be days
When this life brings me pain
But if that’s what it takes to praise You
Jesus, bring the rain
The whole song is amazing, but the chorus truly speaks a lot about the life journey of following Jesus in right relationship with Him. Often times, Jesus works through our greatest pains to bring Him glory. The essence of all that we say and do, though, should be to bring Him everlasting and eternal glory—in the wonderful moments of life like a wedding day or the birth of a child, and even in the sorrowful days when someone takes their last breath before Jesus calls him/her home. Another portion of “Bring the Rain” declares:
I can count a million times
People asking me how I
Can praise You with all that I’ve gone through
The question just amazes me
Can circumstances possibly
Change who I forever am in You
The Christian walk is not an easy one filled with only rainbows and sunshine. Nothing in life is filled with that much ease. Our life journey would not be complete without trials and tribulations. Our greatest testament to our faith comes in our weakest moments. It is easy to fully trust, rely on, and lean on God when life goes smoothly. It is easy to be at peace when circumstances seem to be going your way. However, the fragility of life is most secure when everything seems to be falling apart. Our walk with the Lord speaks thousands of volumes when we praise Him in the worst of times. However, there is a sweet reassurance when we fully rely on God in rough seasons. No situation, event, or circumstance can change who we are in Christ. In Christ, we are full and complete as stated in Colossians 2:9-10, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.”
Moments of death can bring the ultimate glory to Christ when someone’s trust is fully in Him. Death can bring both mourning and joy for a brother or sister in Christ. There is mourning in knowing the person has left the earth. However, there is great joy when we know the person is finally home with Jesus. Our ultimate life goal is look heavenly onwards and upwards. In other words, we should never lose sight of death because our life on this earth is only temporary. Jonathan Edwards perfectly stated this in his sermon entitled, The Christian Pilgrim: “How worthy heaven that your life should be wholly spent as a journey toward it…No man is at home in this world, whether he chooses heaven or not; here his but a transient person.” For those that know Christ, that is a comforting feeling. We are not home yet. On the other hand, for those who do not know Jesus that can bring much fear and sadness. The Earth is no one’s home. It is up to us on which home we choose.
I leave you with this: Pain and suffering, along with joy are natural parts of life. The birth and passing of creation is also a natural part of life. I desperately plead with you to examine where your source of comfort in seasons of life comes from? Who do you turn to in order to find peace? What are you chasing after in this life? We are all but temporary vapors. I hope and pray that Jesus is your stronghold. Nothing is possible without Him.