You never know what a day may bring forth. This past Monday was my day off, and I had plans to do some outside work and other errands. Then, I woke up with vertigo! This “friend” shows up a few times a year and throws my “normal” life out the window. All day Monday I was propped up in a chair trying to move as little as possible due to the dizziness. I couldn’t eat or drink anything. Well, enough of that! Today is a new day, and I’m feeling better. In my devotions I read about the hope and blessing of the future for believers where there will be no more sickness or death. Isaiah the prophet spoke, “On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations: he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken” (Isaiah 25:7-8). As I type these words, the school staff at SGA is on the way to New Jersey for the funeral service of Zorana (a former teacher) who passed away at the age of 34. While we are in this body of flesh and blood, we face battles with sickness and thoughts of our own mortality. However, these facts are covered by the grace of God given through our Lord Jesus. We know that Jesus manifested himself to the world to defeat the enemy…and the last enemy to be destroyed is death. Before we experience the final victory, we trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross and pray for one another. The Lord has given us power over death so that our death is like His…followed by a resurrection into new and glorified bodies. In the meantime, we pray for one another to be healed and praise God for the strength and victory He gives. While we are in this life, facts and faith sometimes collide, but be assured that the Lord will always have the last word. He will “swallow up death forever,” and He “will wipe away the tears from all faces” (verses 7b and 8a). Trust Him and wait on Him!
Pastor Mark Boucher