December 24, 2008

No One Comes Late, No One Leaves Early

I was half listening to a radio program yesterday as I was headed out the door to run some errands. The speaker made reference to those magazine articles that seem to come out every late December, the ones that review some aspect of the year just about over. The one he was referencing was an article talking about people who left us, of lives viewed as cut short. That's all I heard as I left, so I do not know the point he was making, nor the specific people he may have been talking about. However, the concept of a life cut short got me to thinking.

Is a life cut short really possible? It implies that God is not in control.

We all live a lifespan that fits His plan, not ours. We may not understand why people die when they do, but He does.

I have seminary professors, teaching well into their 80's and 90's, I have friends who have lost babies in pregnancy. I cannot tell you why either happens, but He could.

A good part of faith is accepting God, and accepting that His plan is not always something our finite comprehension can get our minds around. When that happens, and you do not have faith, you usually here a statement that begins with something like "How can a loving God.." or "How can you believe in a God who...".

I never try to answer that other than to say I believe in the God of the Bible, I believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

A large part of faith is accepting that He loves us, that His plan and timing are perfect. A large part of faith is accepting that both of these facts are true, whether we understand the particular circumstances in our lives or the lives of others.

No one comes late, or leaves early, we are here for just the amount of time he wants us to fulfill His purposes. Will I ask Him all the "whys" of my life when I come face to face with the divine presence for eternity? I tend to think not, because in the joyous presence of deity, it will not matter.

And if it will not matter then, what does it matter now, other than the faith in Him, and the love He has shown us?


Kevin said...

Excellent thoughts Andy! I hadn't thought of it as "no one comes late, no leaves early" before but it is SO true. I like that! God is completely in control and that is what we put our faith and trust in!

Laurie M. said...

Yes, no one dies "too young" - or should I say everyone dies too young - since death is the debt owed to us for our sin. Each day of life is an undeserved gift - and for those of us who are in Christ we have an eternity of them to look forward to. I like your perspective. There is great comfort in the sovereignty of God.