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“For death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.” Ecclesiastes 7:2
This Bible verse about death is actually very inspirational to me. Though it’s not about death in the sense of someone who has recently passed away, it’s about death as the ultimate destiny of each of us. Knowing that each of us is ultimately going to die is one of the big differences between us and the rest of living things on our planet. Animals don’t know they’re going to die. They’re locked in the eternal now, not thinking about the future or the past. But human beings are different. We can better our circumstance and strive to be more than what we were yesterday. One of the things that compels me to become a better man and to try and live my life well is just the simple knowledge that life is short. I won’t be here forever, and time is shorter now than it once was.
Some people go overboard with their preoccupation of death. They’re terrified of death and it paralyzes a part of them. That’s why I love how Solomon put it, “the living should take this to heart.” You should be aware of your own mortality. It should be something that you’ve thought about and use to help motivate you. But don’t let it consume you, especially if you’ve been redeemed by God through believing in Jesus. Those are my thoughts anyway.
“Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13
This has always been a favorite Bible verse about death of mine. I love the fact that it’s two parts and both parts are important. The first part is about understanding God and heaven. Do not be ignorant of about those who fall asleep, meaning understand God’s plan for mankind and what this thing called life is really all about. And then the second part of the verse comes in. If you understand who God is, how Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross can pay for sins, then death is only a delay. God has something amazing planned for all those who call on His name.
Of course, there is always a time to grieve. Being apart from loved ones, especially loved ones taken before their time, is never easy. But grief can also be mingled with hope. That’s probably the most important part of the verse, how Paul describes the rest of men as having no hope. Grief that doesn’t at least have some measure of hope mingled in with it is paralyzing. Grief with hope is truly the toughest emotion for anyone to have to endure. So I hope you take comfort in this Bible verse, knowing that there can be hope mingled in with grief, and that God has something amazing planned for those who call on His name.