For all who wonder and fret over death, judgement, and such

My friend Rebecca is the mother of a son, 8, and a daughter, 6.  Here’s what happened the other night.

I was asleep in the dead of night.  Suddenly, I became aware that Mia, my six-year-old, had crawled into our bed and was talking to me.

Mia: “Mom, how old is Jesus?”

Mom: “Honey, Jesus isn’t any age any more.”

Mia: “Mom, did you find Dad and make him marry you? or did Dad find you and make you marry him?”

Mom: “We found each other.”

Mia: “Do you know why I don’t want to get married?  Because I don’t want to kiss someone on the lips in front of strangers.”

Mom: “Sis, do we need to talk about this right now?  Mom’s really tired.”

Mia: “I’m tired too.  I was awake all night thinking about these things.”

Sound familiar, parents of little ones?

Little ones think about everything and worry about most of  it.  I used to worry about kissing girls–what would that be like?–and getting married and having babies.  It was all fearsome,  like imagining life on a remote planet, so far beyond me.  Would I be able to hold a job, what about being baptized, and what girl would want me as a husband?

We do this as adults, too….

We worry about things in the distant future that we do not understand, that are far removed from where we are today, that are important, of course, but are as remote as Mia’s wedding date.  But we worry, don’t we?

We grownups sometimes lie awake at night going over the adult-sized versions of  worries that kept little Mia from sleep….

–Is salvation really forever?  Sometimes I feel so unworthy.

–How could eternity just go on and on without an end?  The mind cannot hold this concept.

–Scripture says, “From everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.”  We assume that is saying from everlasting in the past to everlasting in the future, that there has never been a time when God has not been.  And yet, how is that possible?

–How could millions and millions of people live in Heaven and how would that work?

–How could old man (whatever) get to Heaven after the way he has lived? And yet, in his funeral he pastor said he will be there by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.  If that man gets in, what’s to keep anyone out?

–Am I going to Heaven? I’ve certainly not been perfect.  Not even close.  And yet, I’ve been saved and I love the Lord. Most of the time.

–How would judgement work?  The Bible says we are forgiven, that our sins are separated from us as far as the east is from the west, and yet it says we will give account of every idle word.  Scripture says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1), but it also says we shall all stand before the Judgement Seat of Christ.  What will this be like?  Should we be afraid?

On and on it goes.

And yet…

I can hear our Lord Jesus Christ saying to us, “Go on back to bed, child.  I’ve got this.  Trust me.”

We know we have repented of our sin and have put our faith and trust in the risen, reigning Lord Jesus Christ.  We know we are His.

Let us lie back down and trust that “He has this.”

You believe God.  You believe His Word.

“You believe in God; believe also in Me” (John 14:1).

“The Lord knows those who are His” (2 Timothy 2:19).

“Did I not say to you, that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).

“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with you.”  (Psalm 116:7).

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication let your requests be known to God, and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

It’s natural to wonder about everything.  But as mom Rebecca might say to daughter Mia, “Stay faithful and you’ll be amazed at how well this all works out.”

God is faithful.

Finally, this word from First John 3:20-21…

For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart and knows all things.  Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God…. 

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