I lost my beloved great-grandmother on my husband's side one year ago, December 5th, 2009. That stung, badly. I have three dear friends that recently lost their mom, both without little or no warning. (Deep Breath!) How does one heal from such lose? Just last week, another friend, another lose. So I decided to find the 'Silver Lining' in the lose of a loved one. There has to be one, right?
For those of us that have a hard time grasping our finite minds around why there is such an event know as death, I would like to share the following conclusions. This is not a complete biblical response, but a glimpse into how to train our minds to find the 'Silver Lining' in difficult life circumstances. I believe with all my heart that eternal purpose is the central focus of God's intentions.
“Death is swallowed up in victory...." (1 Corinthians 15:54–55),In Christ, those who have received the free gift of eternal life can look forward to spending eternity with Him in a perfect, pain-free place (Revelation 21:4), and
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8–9).Some may suggest that if God really loves us, HE would put us in a perfect place where nothing painful can touch us. However, HE already did that once, and Adam rebelled. Given the same opportunity, each one of us would do the same thing. God demonstrated HIS love by dying for the world and rising again. He continued to show us HE is a God of Justice (Psalm 89:14). HE could have given up on all man-kind, but HE is a Sovereign, unshakable God! All who receive the free gift of eternal life will spend eternity with Him. Compared to eternity, the time we spend here in a cursed world is insignificant. God will complete His demonstration of love by placing those who receive His salvation in a perfect place forever. We will one day be united with our loved ones who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Amen.
See also January 17th, post...http://silverlining-ltrenasty.blogspot.com/2011/01/first-silver-lining-giveaway.html