Today, I read an article and the topic had to do with death... That's right... DEATH! Many fear it, but why?? Romans 6:4 says, "We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." The Angel of Darkness is closing in each and every day; however, that is a pretty dark way to look at life... right?
My struggle with PTSD constantly keeps me in fear of this concept. Selfishly, I do not want to leave my family and friends; however, I need to understand that God is the ultimate pilot of my life and I should be at peace because through baptism I along with everyone else have been reborn with a new life in Jesus. I need to look at the glass half full.
If we take a look back in history, all the way back to the beginning of time, we should see that Science and Religion go hand and hand. Science tells us how things came to be while Religion tells us why they came into existence. If all you have is a science perspective than all you are going to know is half the story. The same thing goes for those that only have a religious perspective. Closed minded people will always be lost. Trust me I know. I use to be that way. Staying up looking up the at the stars trying to make my own story up as to why things are the way they are. However, the answer has always been in front of me. Psalm 111:2 says, “Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them.” Ecclesiastes 1:13-17 says, “And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. What is crooked cannot be made straight, and what is lacking cannot be counted. I said in my heart, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind.”
For those Evolution purist I want you to ponder... Why would the Universe exist just to exist? What is the purpose? There has to be more to our Earth than birth, life and death... If you believe we are just wondering aimlessly then I challenge you to think about some things differently. Perspective can be a beautiful view or a nasty blinder. Look at the race horse analogy.
A race horse is great at what it does. It starts the race, runs the race, and then finishes the race. This is all the horse knows. It does not know anything other than this. It lives just to run races. The funny contraption about this is that the horse doesn't know why it is even running or what the purpose of the race even is.
Now unbeknownst to the horse, from the very beginning it has a jockey in control. The jockey shows the horse where it is supposed to go and how fast it needs to go, but he never tells the horse why it is running the race. We know that the horse is racing to win. But does the horse know this? Some would say that the horse knows it is supposed to win because of the jockey, but what happens if the horse does not listen to the jockey or thinks it can win without the help of the jockey?
We as humans are like a race horse. Sometimes, we get so focused on our jobs, trying to be popular, or trying to get the pretty girl that we do not realize why we are doing it. We gets so caught up in materials that we lose sight of the true reason for living, in horses terms "running the race", which is to be in eternal peace with God. God is our jockey. He knows why we are running our race and he is guiding us to become victorious. Now, like the race horse we are blinded by just running in our lane and focusing on ourselves. Luckily, like the race horse we have a jockey, God, but what happens if we don’t listen to him?
Immediately, the horse stops its focus and no longer is able to win the race. The same thing goes for us. If we throw our jockey, God, off our backs then we lose every chance of winning the race. Without Jesus we will not be able to win the true race of life. We start the race at birth, run the race through living, and then finish the race at death. Our race has begun and will one day end; however, if we keep God as the jockey of our life then we will ultimately be victorious in the end. The moral of the story is to keep God in our life and he will make sure to celebrate the victory with us in the next life.