“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NKJV
I've been confronted lately with more suffering and death than usual. From the suffering and death of a family pet to the suffering and death of friends, acquaintances, and family.
Suffering and death is fact of life. Unavoidable for us. But as my heart aches for two husbands that lost their wives recently... as I listened to the testimonies of impact, loss and grief... as I hear and feel the anxieties and fears of people left behind and those facing trials now... and as I stood in the cold veterinary exam room and watched the life of our dog be snuffed out... I was struck once again with the realization that suffering and death ought not to be.
It wasn't so in the beginning, and it will not be so at the end of this age. It's hard to imagine a world with no suffering and death, but that is the reality of how life began. God, who is life, imparted life, and there was no death. But sin entered, and death by sin.
But Life, Himself, came and conquered sin and conquered death. Jesus has given us hope that will not disappoint because He cannot fail. He has promised us that He will do away with them once and for all at the appointed time.
This is the only thing that enables me to endure. And so I look to Jesus... and I live.. and I hope... and I wait.