I have never really been into running but have been wanting to take up hiking. For me it’s probably because it offers sanctuary from society and that is good to have sometimes. Three things are beyond my comprehension over the events this week. First, even though at this point it doesn’t matter, is that I don’t know what attracts people to a marathon but I’m sure there are several reasons and probably most are personal. Secondly, that individuals would find it their cause and their pleasure to destroy their fellow man. Thirdly, I also cannot begin to fathom the pain and fear many are experiencing in Boston. Not only is there pain in Boston but also in Texas, Afghanistan, Mexico, England, Korea, Columbus, Ohio and every other square inch of the world. My heart breaks for this world.
“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” Job 14:1
Pain, disease, and death were not part of God’s original plan but due to the appearance of it because of man’s sin in the garden God has planned around it. In our life suffering seems to be inescapable but God’s love prevails above it. The apostle Paul writes that there is nothing whether physical or spiritual that can separate us from Gods love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
It is certain that we will experience suffering in this life time but we can be sure that there is the love of God that gives us peace, joy, and happiness. We also have hope. Hope that through faith in Jesus Christ that our eternal destiny is to be with Him in Heaven. If there is anything that we have learned this week, and I pray some have learned, is that life is precious and a gift that can be taken away very quickly. Something that we have to come to grasp though is the reality that we will always live. The scripture never gives the idea that death is final. There is never the idea of annihilation or a cessation of our soul.
“Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” James 4:4
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” Hebrews 9:27
With that in mind unbelievers must come to faith in Christ and repentance of sins. As believers we must continually seek to become more Christlike. Death will come to all in some form or another but it is not final. What is final is the destination we arrive at after death but it is eternal. My prayer is that people are preparing for the time before God after this life so that they may hear Him say, “Well Done,” and not, “Depart from me.” We are going to live somewhere, where will it be? Will it be in Heaven where we experience eternal bliss or in Hell where eternal torment exists that one will never become accustomed to?