Wednesday’s Word

For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living (Ecclesiastes 6:8)?

Solomon is thinking of the fact that death comes upon all men. Death comes to those who are wise and to those who are foolish; death comes to those who are rich and to those who are poor; death comes to the master and to the servant. Solomon seems to be consumed with the certainty of death, but is foolishly ignorant of hope found in the obedient life unto God.

Yes, death is certain (Hebrews 9:27), but it does not hold the empty finality as presented by Solomon. By the mercy and grace of God, through an obedient life unto God, death will only serve as a portal for an abundant life unto an eternal life (John 10:10).

Death is not the end, but it is the beginning of that which will have no end. Jesus Christ has gone to Heaven to prepare an eternal abode of all the faithful of all the ages. For these faithful, death leads to the morning which shall no night and no end. John recorded that the “former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). The “former things” are the things of this life and this world: the things which are temporary; the things which bring trials and tribulations; the things which bring sorrow and suffering. Death is a separation, but for the faithful it leads to being in the presence of God; it leads to being united with the faithful who have gone before; it leads to being reunited with the faithful we left behind; it leads to never having to say good-bye again. 

Death is not only the beginning for the faithful, it is also the beginning for the disobedient and ungodly. For the ungodly, death leads to an eternal separation from God; an eternal separation from all that is good and godly; an eternal separation from the hope of salvation; an eternal separation from all peace and joy. Heaven is the place where the faithful will be united forever; hell is the place where the ungodly will be separated from everyone forever. Heaven is the place described as eternal life, while hell is described as eternal death. It is not death in that one ceases to exist; it is death in all the sorrow and suffering of death.

God places before us: Heaven and hell; life and death, choose life.