“'O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?' The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
My desk caught on fire last week. There was a faulty wire underneath my desk which caused an explosion, and if I had been sitting there, I would be in the hospital right now.
As I watched the surveillance footage of the explosion, an overwhelming amount of thankfulness came over me. I started to reflect on what my life could have been like if I had been in the midst of that fire–severe burn wounds, disfigured face, or who knows what. God spared my life that evening. But why?
In that moment, my eyes were opened to how incredibly fragile life is–one moment we are here, dropping our kids off at school, driving to work, going to class, or kissing our husbands goodbye for the day, and the next moment, we could be gone. Everything we have in this world could be taken away in an instant. Yet, many of us, including myself, go about our lives believing we are the ones in control. We hold on tightly to the things of this world, forgetting our lives ultimately belong to the Lord (Job 1:21).
The reason we are alive today is solely because God allowed it. He will be faithful to accomplish the plan He has for us (Psalm 138:8), and it cannot be cut short before He allows. Once we relinquish the illusion of control, we begin to see the graciousness of our Father and the reality of His protection over our lives.
Tragedy, illness, and death are all part of this world–but it's not the end to our story. Because of Christ's victory over death, these things have no lasting power. Instead, we are reminded nothing happens outside of His sovereign plan. Every breath we take, we can rest in the fact that our lives belong to our Heavenly Father–the One who graciously gifts us each new day.
Gracious and Heavenly Father, thank You for Your protection over my life and for granting me each day to glorify You. I do not deserve all that You have given me. Forgive me for thinking I have any control over my own life. Help me to know that You are ultimately the One who gives and who takes away. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Are you fearful of death? Or do you believe the lie that you have control over your life? Pray God would grant you understanding of His grace and His sovereignty.
About the Author
Raegan Thornhill is wife to an amazing man of God and mom to her baby boy, Weston. She is the director, content manager, and writer at Whole Magazine. She believes cheesecake, snow, a cup of hot coffee, and an episode of Breaking Bad can fix any dreadful day. Her mission in life is to show women of all ages how they can be whole again through the Gospel of Christ. She longs for her writings to be a testament of the mercy and grace God has shown her. You can follow more of Raegan on her blog, Delighted In Him.