I went to a funeral on Thursday this week. Saturday, just two days later, I went to another funeral. When we got home from the second funeral, we received a visit from two officers who came to tell me my son had been killed in a vehicle accident. I had been mourning for and with others, and now it is me who has lost my son, Jason.
I look to God my Father for help. In John 11:35 I read "Then Jesus wept." It's okay to cry. Crying is good. But there is always a bright side, praise God. Lawrence told me why God took him. He said God looks after His children, and He knows how much we can bear. Jesus said, "that's enough, my son, come home now, where there is no more sorrow, no more tears; a better life, full of God's love, and full of the light of His glory."
John 16:21 "A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world."
I was able to give birth to two sons, and enjoyed the joy of their births. Right now, I am suffering the grief of his death, but when I remember that I was given the privilege of hearing Jason receive Jesus, my anguish disappears (momentarily). When I think of God and focus on Jesus, He consoles me with my belief that Jason is with my Lord. When I think of my son who I so dearly loved, and that I don't have to make a lunch for him in the morning, and he won't be in the truck with Vernon when they pull into the yard in the morning, I am torn in two. It seems like the devil has won. But he has not.
For it is written in Romans 12:19 "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."
I have consolation that he believed in Jesus and loved God. He accepted Jesus, and joined Mt. Horeb Baptist Church last August, and we've been waiting for the rain to put clean water in the Blanco River again, and it did, but it's still a little cold, so we've been waiting for warmer weather for his baptism. But Lawrence said that's okay. He believed and that's what is important.
Mark 16:16 "Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned." You see, Jason believed. He didn't say if you refuse to be baptized you will be condemned, He said if you don't believe. Praise God he believed!
Do you believe in our Lord, Jesus Christ? I took my children to church when they were young and it has instilled in them their saving foundation; the foundation of Christ Jesus. I pray that you take the time and make the effort to take your children to church so they may have the chance at eternal life in heaven with God the Father, through their faith in Jesus Christ.
But how can they learn if they don't hear? How can they develop faith without hearing His Word?
It is written "8But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
12For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:8-13
Please take your kids to church and give them the opportunity to hear and believe. They could be taken from us through death tonight. We just don't know who will have another day.
Romans 10:14 "14How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"
Tomorrow may never be ours. Take your children to church! Give them the very best you can. Give them Jesus!
I'm so very grateful for my time with Jason; to have given birth to him, for his life on earth, and that I was there when he received Jesus.
Psalm 145:1-2 "1I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
2Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever."
Psalm 145:14 "14The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down."