Pain is part of life yet it is undesirable by all means. Naturally, pain should be avoided even when it means losing some resources such as money and time. Everything else stops to give way to means of managing or eliminating pain where possible.
Pain must be controlled because if it is not, it can have serious consequences to its victims. The good thing is that the Bible records instances of pain experienced by some of Bible icons such as Job and David. Through their experiences, we learn how God helped them deal with their pain, which helps us understand how we also can deal with our pain.
Death is dreaded for many yet those that have experienced it tell a different story about it. Why we fear death is because it is believed to be the one last thing that happens in life. Sadly, most of times when we see it happen it is accompanied by pain. Most causes of death include pain somehow, which is not only a fearful experience but also a very uncomfortable sight that often has lasting emotional effects to those that see it. Think of a car accident where people have been crushed to pieces? You surely don’t want to die the same way yet you do know that you will die one day.
God’s Word, the Holy Bible, says a lot about death and fear. He has also given commands with respect to it. God our creator knew that we’d have lots of questions and discomforts in life about death and therefore covers it in His Word.
Dying for your Christian Faith
Death is one thing every living person should not have a question about except for one – when will it happen? Ecclesiastes 9:5 confirms this obvious fact. Needless to argue about it, we are all on an impending death list. However, it is normal and expected for the old to die first. Just as Isaac of old prepared himself by blessing his son timely because he clearly knew he wouldn’t live forever but knew just from understanding his age (Genesis 27:2). Probably he was close to the 180 years which the Bible records were the actual years he lived in this world.
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.