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The Righteous Man Perishes and No Man Takes It to Heart

October 11, 2019

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The Righteous Man Perishes and No Man Takes It to Heart

I have noted some fear mongering  on the Internet  regarding the end days  and want to put in my two cents.      If a child of God dies  in an earthquake,  flood,  tornado,  or disaster of any sort,  it will not be because they did not heed a prophetic  warning  to leave a country  with evil leaders.      In all of Matthew, chapter 24,  Jesus talks about the end days  and warns us  that there will be many false prophets  misleading the people  regarding Judgment Day.      But,  Jesus assures us  in Matthew 24:36,

But of that day and hour  no one knows,  not even the angels of heaven,  nor the Son,  but the Father alone…

So,  even though we will see  all sorts of signs of judgment,  we are not to be claiming  that this is the day  the Bible predicts.      Nevertheless,  every day  that we live on this earth  is to be a day lived  in faith,  hope,  and love  —  knowing that God is in control.      Therefore,  Jesus adds  in Matthew 24:42,

Therefore  be on the alert,  for you do not know  which day  your Lord is coming.

We don’t have to be running away  and hiding somewhere  in fear.      We just need to be living  according to God’s word.      If a Christian dies  in some sort of disaster,  that is not a judgment  on God’s child.      Isaiah 57:1-2 teaches us,

The righteous man perishes,  and no man  takes it to heart;
And devout men  are taken away,  while no one understands.
For the righteous man  is taken away from evil.
He enters into peace;
They rest in their beds,
Each one who walked  in his upright way.

When God’s child  is killed or dies,  he goes straight to heaven.      That is not something to be sad about.      Rather  it is a time of rejoicing  because they no longer  have to suffer  from the evils of this world.      They get to enter a peace  and blessedness  far beyond anything  we can comprehend.

Even being killed by those who hate God  is not God’s judgment.      God is allowing it  according to His wisdom.      Revelation 6:9-11 tells of how the martyrs of the past  ask God,  “How long,  O Lord,  holy and true,  wilt Thou refrain from judging  and avenging our blood  on those who dwell on the earth?”      Those children of God are told to patiently wait “until the number  of their fellow servants  and their brethren  who were to be killed  even as they had been,  should be completed also.”

That was written 2,000 years ago.      In this timeframe,  countless more people have died  on account of their faith  in God’s truths.      We cannot understand it all,  but in the end,  it is all okay.      They are in peace.      We don’t have to worry about it  —  but we are to  “Rejoice in the Lord always.”    (Philippians 4:4)

Hebrews, chapter 11 gives a long list of just some of those who suffered  and were martyred  for their faith.      Verses 37-38 says,

They were stoned,  they were sawn in two,  they were tempted,  they were put to death  with the sword;  they went about in sheepskins,  in goatskins,  being destitute,  afflicted,  ill-treated   (men of whom the world was not worthy),  wandering in deserts  and mountains  and caves  and holes in the ground.      And all these,  having gained approval through their faith…….

Faith brings God’s approval  and eternal salvation.      It does not matter  what evil people  in this world think  they have conquered.      Their lack of faith  will lead them to eternal  condemnation.

In truth,  when a child of God dies,  it does not matter  how the death occurred.      Psalm 116:15 says,

Precious in the sight of the LORD
Is the death of His godly ones.

Life on this earth is not our end goal.      Rather,  we are looking to Jesus  and eternal life in His presence.      Peter explains in 1 Peter 1:6-7,

…now for a little while,  if necessary,  you have been distressed  by various trials,  that the proof of your faith,  being more precious than gold  which is perishable,  even though tested by fire,  may be found to result  in praise  and glory  and honor  at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

The bottom line is  that no matter what is going on  in this world,  we are to be living with a joyful faith  —  not allowing fear mongering  to disturb the eternal truths  of God’s word.

Trusting that we are in God’s care  by faith,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  it is so good to know  that You are always with us  —  in life,  in death,  and in eternal life.      The glory of all that You have done  and are now doing  will be to Your praise  through all eternity.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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