I swear, I’m not sharing this particular quote on purpose.. I mean, on purpose today. It was simply the “next up” on my list…
Max Lucado is trying to answer someone’s question about their neighbour losing a young son. He suggests that part of the answer is that God is taking them away from evil, as it says in Isa. 57:1-2, “Good people are taken away, but no one understands. Those who do right are being taken away from evil and are given peace. Those who live as God wants find rest in death” (NCV). He talks about how even though someone’s life may have seemed so short to us, to God ALL our lives are short–“…compared to the Pacific of eternity, even the years of Methuselah filled no more than a glass.”
James was not speaking just to the young when he said, “Your life is like a mist. You can see it for a short time, but then it goes away” (James 4:14).
In God’s plan every life is long enough and every death is timely. And though you and I might wish for a longer life, God knows better.
And—this is important—though you and I may wish a longer life for our loved ones, they don’t. Ironically, the first to accept God’s decision of death is the one who dies.
While we are shaking heads in disbelief, they are lifting hands in worship. While we are mourning at a grave, they are marveling at heaven. While we are questioning God, they are praising God.
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