Hope and Comfort in the Trials of Life from the Word of God
I like spending Friday in Scripture. If we want faith in difficult times, we need to go to Scripture; after all, faith comes from hearing the Word of Christ (Rom 10:17). Let’s think about a couple passages that will give us hope and comfort when we face the trials of life.
Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, “A great prophet has arisen among us!” and “God has visited his people!” And this report about him spread through the whole of Judea and all the surrounding country (Lk 7:11-17).
Do you realize that Jesus never attended a funeral that He did not stop and raise the dead? I’ve told my wife that should I die (yes, “should” I die – death is not a guarantee for any of us, Jesus may return first) I want her to make sure Jesus attends. Yes, that’s somewhat tongue and cheek, but the truth behind it is that Jesus would stop every funeral and raise the dead. Thanks be to God for a Savior with that power! Thanks be to God for a Savior who has conquered death! One day, with Him, I shall be free from death and have a perfect body to last throughout all eternity.
“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die” (Jn 11:25-26).
If we really believe in Jesus (and that encompasses obedience – see Hebrews 11 and how the heroes of faith acted based on their faith), we will never die. Man cannot touch us. Cancer cannot touch us. Alzheimer’s cannot touch us. Yes, disease and death will overtake our bodies, but our bodies are simply houses for our souls. When these bodies die, we will leave the land of the dying and enter the land of the living to be with Jesus and await the resurrection of the dead. Once we have been resurrected, we will have new bodies and live forever with our God.
Find hope and faith in the inspired Word of God. May He walk with you as He has walked with me!