“Truly, truly I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.)”
“Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”
1 Peter 4:19
Both these verses came up in my morning reading. I’m in a bit of a hard season of life right now, and it’s amazing how many encouragements God is sending these days to give me some perspective.
Peter’s death was to glorify God. It promised to be an awful, painful death; humiliating and excruciating.
But death is not all there is. Life here on earth is not all there is.
We are ultimately here to glorify God. And every one of us has an eternal existence to reckon with.
God gives His kids eternal life. Not just existence, but life.
As I was reading, I started to think of eternal life as a thread running underneath all our daily experiences, unbreakable, continuing on past our death. Which made the events of our lives here on earth feel more like little beads on the string; less the essence and more the decoration of our real existence.
And if we are thinking about the string, the lifeline of our eternal life, rather than the little events day to day, wouldn’t that inform our joy? Wouldn’t we eagerly look to something more? Wouldn’t even our death become a way to show our love and obedience to our Lord?
Death is not the end. Suffering is not the end.
Let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to their faithful Creator, while doing good.