We have hope
But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13
This scripture is a great comfort and I often think about it when I think of loved ones who have already passed on. Sure, it hurts when they leave, but I am so thankful for the hope that we have and that we can know that we will see them again one day. Without salvation in Jesus, there is nothing to hope in.
The verse today talks about sorrowing as those who have know hope. I have such a feeling of sadness and hopelessness when I hear of a famous person passing away. Especially under some of the saddest circumstances. Many times you hear about a terrible tragedy and know they were at a point of no hope. I know this is going to sound absurd, but I pray for so many of these people. Even though I know I will never meet them or be able to share the good news of salvation with them personally, I know who they are and so does God. I know He hears my prayer for them to be saved and I pray that He will send laborer to them and that their heart would be ready to receive Him. We live in such a unique day where we know so much about so many famous people, you can pretty much predict who are going to come crashing down. Take time to pray for these people. You may be the only person in the world who will care enough to bring them before our loving Father.
Then there are the people you do know. Whether it’s family, friends or co-workers, let them know there is hope after this life. There is assurance of a good life after this one and that is available to all who would ask. God isn’t trying to keep people out of heaven, He died so all could come in. We have this hope of eternal life, so remember next time a loved one passes on that they are not in your past only, but now they are in your future too.
Today I want to encourage you not to sorrow as those who have not hope. Even in the midst of someone close to you passing, you can rejoice that you will see them again some day in heaven. They haven’t ceased to exist; they have just moved to a new location. Remember that some day you will be able to join them and leave this life of pain. We have a future and a hope, and it is an eternity in paradise with our loved ones and our Savior.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Thessalonians 4 13-18