Living in the shadow of death

We all arrive here without our consent, realizing we have life. To complicate matters, life is easily snuffed out and without warning. In societies where road and air travel are relatively safe, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, wild fires, terrorist attacks, random shootings or terminal diseases can terminate life in the twinkling of an eye. This is either an evil, meaningless world or there is a loving Creator who has provided a way for us to live in the shadow of death.

I choose the later for many reasons. I believe it is truth and it makes sense to me. Creators do not consult their creations before bringing them into existence, yet creators equip their creations with the wherewithal to thrive in the environments within which they will be functioning. Much more the Creator referred to as Love.

But how can we live in the shadow of death? What equipment enables us successfully navigate time to eternity? How can one live in such a way that the next word or action could be a worthy last word or act? If not your last, it could be the last to be witnessed by the other party, whether at home, at work, at play or even on social media.

It may seem impossible to joyfully exist in the shadow of death but on the contrary, living in the shadow of death the way the Creator designed it brings deep joy and genuine peace. How come? Your life is centered around the one thing designed into us without our consent, Love the very essence of unending life, which Christ introduced.

He said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father but by me.” A statement that is profoundly difficult to misinterpret. He came here not to found a religion but to bring the life that enables every human who chooses, to fearlessly, joyfully live in the shadow of death, by loving God and people with reckless abandon.

7 thoughts on “Living in the shadow of death

  1. I totally agree with this post. It’s difficult to keep hope alive in the midst of such terrible happenings, most especially when friends and family members are involved, but anytime I feel like I can’t keep going on, 2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds me that I might be weak, but there’s a higher level of strength available to me in Christ Jesus and how do I access this strength? By loving God. 
    I guess this post came as a result of the crash, may the souls of the departed rest in peace.

    • I love your comment about a higher level of strength available in Christ Jesus. When death intrudes so frequently, especially when it comes so close, we need to tap into a greater source of strength. David cried, “lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” At such times, we need access to the rock higher than us because we cannot deal with it on a normal plane.

      And our lives should be lived in that space in Spirit, in Love. It enables us to thrive in the valley of the shadow of death while making us ready if it becomes our turn. It is a blessing to live from a place where every word or action is worthy of being the last thing one does before meeting God face to face. People bring all of their spirit, soul and body to the moment, when they are ready to meet God. At that moment, nothing matters but Love of God and man. May every moment of our lives be such.

      The post was triggered by the Sunday air crash. May God comfort you and the rest of us. Even if we do not know those who passed away, we are pained. Death is painful. We will remember them by applying our hearts to wisdom.

      Thank you Feyi.

    • I love your comment about a higher level of strength available in Christ Jesus. When death intrudes so frequently, especially when it comes so close, we need to tap into a greater source of strength. David cried, “lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” At such times, we need access to the rock higher than us because we cannot deal with it on a normal plane.

      And our lives should be lived in that space in Spirit, in Love. It enables us to thrive in the valley of the shadow of death while making us ready if it becomes our turn. It is a blessing to live from a place where every word or action is worthy of being the last thing one does before meeting God face to face. People bring all of their spirit, soul and body to the moment, when they are ready to meet God. At that moment, nothing matters but Love of God and man. May every moment of our lives be such.

      The post was triggered by the Sunday air crash. May God comfort you and the rest of us. Even if we do not know those who passed away, we are pained. Death is painful. We will remember them by applying our hearts to wisdom.

      Thank you Feyi.

  2. These bad things happened to you because I intend to work it together for your good (Romans 8). These happened so that you would rely more on God who raises the dead (2 Corinthians 1). This happened so that the gold and silver of your faith would be refined (1 Peter 1). This thorn is so that the power of Christ would be magnified in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12).
     
    God cannot make plain all he is doing, because there are millions and millions and millions and millions of effects of every event in our lives, the good and the bad. God guides them all. They all have micro purposes and macro purposes. He cannot tell us all of them because our brains can’t hold all of them.
    Trust does not demand more than God has told us. And he has given us immeasurably precious promises that he is in control of all things and only does good to his children. And he has given us a very thick book where we can read story after story after story about how he rules for the good of his people.

  3. Thanks for this timely post Tolu. It’s been a very sombre and heavy atmosphere in Nigeria. Families are in mourning. Institutions are counting their loss of invaluable individuals. Children have been orphaned. Parents have been robbed of their children. There is pain. So much pain. But thank God for the hope we have in Christ Jesus. That hope is so glorious that if we could place it right next to the pain, they just wouldn’t compare. This is not to downplay the hurt and pain people are feeling right now but this is a reminder that all hope is not lost.
     
    1 Thessalonians 4:13-15 says
    13 And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died[a] so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died.
    15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died.[b]
     
    Nothing makes us more special than those that passed away on that flight. Every breath is a gift and we need to steward our resources wisely. Lord teach us to number our days. This was a wake up call to Nigeria. A clarion call to the Church. We need to wake up and refocus on God’s priorities. We need to turn back to God so He will heal our land. Enough is enough! Thanks a lot Tolu

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