But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57 NLT
I find that it’s very easy to have faith when everything is going well. It’s easy to believe in victory over death when death is a long way off. When times are hard or death is near it’s more difficult for me to have the absolute faith that I need for exactly those times.
I have recently started to notice how many people who have been famous during my lifetime are dying, some who were older than me, some who were younger. I look at my parents, who are both 88, and think that I too will live to a ripe old age, but that isn’t really guaranteed, nor is 88 really all that far away!
In the last few weeks I have had a wee health scare and needed blood tests etc to see if I was OK. The consequences of bad results would not have been good, and could have meant a shorter life span. That did not feel good to me. I did not want a shorter life. I don’t think I doubted resurrection, and I wasn’t afraid of death, but I saw death as spoiling my happiness.
I prayed for good results, and my prayers were answered. Now I understand a wee bit more about victory over death. God gives me victory over death in two ways. One is through healing, where he gives me victory before death. The other is through Resurrection, where he gives me victory after death. Either way death is defeated and has no power over me, so why should I fear?
I will be still and know that he is God.