Death is often a sad instance to the remaining, no matter how prepared they may be but it is always unusual. Just yesterday, 5th December 2016, the world lost a gospel music icon Mr. Sifiso Ncwane to a short illness suspected to come from kidney failure. He was dear to many of his followers and the Christian community at large, I liked him and his music too.
This past weekend I had attended a night vigil that was then followed by a funeral of a Christian old lady who demonstrated throughout her sick days before death that she had a healthy relationship with Jesus Christ. I had wanted to do the imaginary death with the congregation in the night vigil just to encourage and comfort them that their loved one is in eternal joy and her death was gain to her. I couldn’t because time could not allow but I wish to share the same to encourage the Ncwane family and friends that their loved one is now comforted in Heaven. This is a mystery ‘yimfihlakalo’ that I want to share.
Mduduzi Edmund Tshabalala also known as Mandoza lost his life to a short illness according to Eyewitness News. This young man was a Kwaito music icon that had a lot of followers in South Africa and beyond. It is sad indeed that the world has lost such a talented young man.
The truth is that it is finished with Mandoza in this world, that is, he has no affairs with the living anymore yet it is not the case in the after life. His soul has not vanished but has gone to a place where he shall await God’s judgement. There are only two specific areas of waiting; hides (hell) and paradise. I prefer to use the word hell because it is easier to understand yet this place is not yet the ultimate hell God has set for the devil and his followers. Paradise is equally the same, it is a place as good as Heaven yet not the ultimate also.
Does it count how we safeguard our lives, practice healthy living and other cautious measures to be safe from death or it solely depends on the number of days God has set for each one of us? Does God need a thug, an accident or anything unnatural to fulfill His word of having numbered the days of the living? I will give the answer later in this post.
I will unpack some verses and add some thoughts I collected when discussing the demise of a husband to one of our church mothers that was killed by a thug in about five years ago. The question this woman had was as already highlighted in the opening paragraph.