While death has been as constant as life always, the older I get it seems as though funerals unite us more than weddings. Times of mourning more than times of rejoicing. Often many of us asking the question that scripture has already provided an answer for. Why? From the time we enter this world we enter the race for the grave. Some choose to accelerate the race through suicide or suicidal choices that lead to homicide. Others full of age having had the pleasure of experiencing all seasons of life give up the ghost to enter into either a place where time and aging doesn’t collide with aches and pains. Others, in a place a thousand times worse then what this life could give. Both wherever they are based on the choice they made while in this life. To receive or not to receive the gift of eternal life made possible by Jesus Christ (Yehoshua Ha Machiach).
The bottomline whatever their fate we feel the effects of their loss and our family’s must go on with the hole of that missing life within us. Many of us never asking the specific why question that is important, not why they died, for we all must walk this path, but why now? To which scripture also answers this question. In the book of Isaiah Yah questions what we haven’t pondered through the process, the why now at least for the righteous
“The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” Isa. 57:1
Most of us however will agree that things are getting worse in this world. We are experiencing the shift scripture has told us about, understanding the blood of Jesus (Yehoshua) is greater then the umbilical chord of biology that connects us.
Scripture speaks consistently of brother turning against brother, the enemies of a man being the members of their own household. (Matt. 10:21; Matt. 10:36) We are living in that time where the righteous are entering into rest and the offspring are undergoing the test. Whether they will continue to walk in what they were taught by their parents or depart. Will we stand in truth or fall in disbelief? While there is nothing new under the sun there is an intensity of the evil in this hour then the one before.
The enemy of our God is getting closer to earth as he is falling from the second heaven with great wrath, and we find ourselves in the tremors of this growing storm. (Rev. 12:12) Yet the Lord has told us how we will overcome, and should we take heed we’ll fair well. (Rev. 12:11)
We have already been forewarned that a restructuring in our family will take place close siblings will betray one another being hateful instead of loving, having been seduced by this world they will betray their own blood. Make up in your mind right now no matter what happens to stay with the Lord. Let NOTHING separate you from the love of God. (Rom. 8:39) As the family members you love more than life will be brought home in this hour and God won’t be asking your permission, nor will you necessarily have time to brace yourself for the blow. Have your heart and mind on one accord that you will follow Him no matter what happens.
Despite the prosperity message we are getting from the Western church the scripture reveals entering into the day of the Lord is marked by judgment and persecution. In fact joy will come through persecution, and not in our blessings or our college degrees will we boast but rather in our weaknesses and infirmities. (2 Cor. 12:6) The hour where the body decreases that the head of the body (Yehoshua) should increase in His glory through his body.
Entering into this time can separate even that which Yah has joined together. Scripture teaches us that forsaking for Yehoshua’s sake be it houses, brothers, sisters, or even spouses shall receive a hefty reward, even everlasting life. (Matt. 19:29)
Hopefully it doesn’t come to that but we have seen in scripture in fact the book of Job is the greatest example of a wife who attempted to turn the heart of her husband against God because of the persecution they were facing. Yet Job made up in his mind he would NOT turn on God no matter what he lost. This is what Messiah was telling us when he said,
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (luke 14:26)
This is the point, if we put anything or anyone before him that thing or person will be what we will betray him for. Consider Judas who betrayed Jesus for money, or Peter who when faced with the fear of losing his own life denied Christ three times. We mustnt only conquer the fear of losing our loved ones, but we may have to consider losing our own life. Bringing new meaning to my life is not my own.
So the real question considering the earlier scripture in Isaiah as a Believer should not be why was our loved one taken, but rather why were we spared? Why am I still here? What is my assignment? For the spirit we should have is that of Paul, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Phil. 1:21) Submission to Yah dictates who my sister, my brother, and who my mother is, and according to scripture these designations are based on those who have the same will as our heavenly Father. (Matt. 12:47-50)
Don’t get too attached
The moral of this article is this don’t get too attached. Be ready to move with Yah, wear this world like a cheap garment and be ready for the restructuring. Ask not why this person but rather always consider why not you? Meaning why have I been spared? What is my assignment? Because you are still here for a reason and if you are in the family of God recognizing he gets to decide when that family should be restructured whether through physical death or a death of a relationship.
Allowing God to structure your family means you don’t have to be afraid of being hurt because your trust isn’t in man, but in God.
Saints, it’s time to trust God to put our lives and our families together as He sees fit. To mature in our faith so that we can rejoice in the Lord, counting it all joy no matter what befalls us, because life does consist of more than the abundance of things we possess and the horizontal relationships we have been blessed by the Most High to enjoy. Love family while you have them and continue to love God who allowed your life to be blessed by your loved one. Recognizing we lose nothing in Him.