Have you ever considered what life would look like if we lived forever? Most of the people I know have some level of fear regarding death. However, it was not until recently that I realized how fearful living forever could be. I propose it is the mercy of God that our life, here, is limited.
Although our world is run rampant with decay, corruption, and hatred, our circumstances could be worse. In Genesis 3, we learn how Eve and then Adam made a decision to disobey a simple instruction from God, “…but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat…” (New King James Version, Genesis 2:17); thus the condition of the world today and our inevitable death. However, consider God’s alarm at the thought of us living forever in this fallen state, “What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? They will live forever!” (New Living Translation, Genesis 3:22-23). Call me slow, but it was not until today that I realized that immortality in a fallen world would be an eternal battle with sin – suffering without end! This realization strongly reminded me that this life is not a place for achieving joy and comfort; it is a place of war – spiritual war.
The thought of our God-given natural death may bring about fear and anxiety, but it is our very escape from evil, if we believe in Jesus as the Son of God and His sacrifice made for us on the cross. What good news it is that God has provided an opportunity for an eternal life of goodness, peace, and joy to look forward to. Thank you, God!
“Good people pass away; the godly often die before their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly paths will rest in peace when they die” (New Living Translation, Isaiah 57:1).