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NOT AFRAID OF DEATH

APRIL 21

James 4:14

NOT AFRAID OF DEATH

We know one day we will die. As a young child, you do not think much about death or dying. Even when death visits the home of a relative, you attend the wake dressed in white and you miss school for a few days. To you, very likely that is there is about death.

Don’t think that death does not hit children. Buried in a plot at the Chua Chu Kang Christian Cemetery is an infant as young as 53 days old. Death can happen to anyone at any time!

James says our life is like a mist. When the sun rises in the morning, what happens to a mist? It _______________ (unscramble SSPPAARIDE). Our life is exactly like that. We are here one day and gone the next. Consider the candle flickering in the wind. At any time our life can be blown out.

However, don’t worry, God holds the future. We may not know what is going to happen, but God knows. He knows the end from the beginning. He has planned each day for us and has promised to look after us. Our lives and deaths are in God’s hands. We can always trust God – He is faithful. Don’t worry about the future but submit to God. He will not forsake you.

While death is for sure, there is no need to be afraid of death. It is said that death for the Christian is the beginning. Paul says, "Absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8). When a Christian dies, he is present with the Lord. There is no more suffering and sorrow in heaven. Isn’t it wonderful? is is God’s promise to His children who put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Saviour of their souls.

"Yea, though I walk through the __________ of the __________ of death, I will fear no __________: for thou art __________ me; thy rod and thy staff they __________ me" (Psalm 23:4).
God will hold our hands all the way to heaven.

Thought: Why shouldn’t a Christian be afraid of the future?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for holding the future. Help me not to worry about the future and help me to live daily trusting You in life and in death. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.