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Speaking in Death

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Are we walking in such a way that after we die, our lives will still speak as a testimony to His Grace and goodness?

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. (Hebrews 11:4 ESV)

One question that I hear again and again is, ‘Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?’

A common question for sure.

Before I expand on my thoughts, let’s remember that, “No one does good, not even one”. (Romans 3:12b ESV). Since earthly Jesus is the only good ‘person’ to have walked on earth, the reality is . . . God only allowed a bad thing to happen to a good person once. He allowed his perfectly good and only Son to be brutalized and crucified. As for the rest of humanity, there are no ‘good’ people, just some who think that everyone is good, some who are in the sanctification process and some who are trying to live lives that they deem are ‘good enough’.

But, back to the question. I too have struggled with heartbreaking stories of cancer, accidents or violence taking the lives of those we would deem innocent or ‘good’. My mother died of Alzheimer’s, my father of cancer, and my cousin was stabbed to death in her own driveway. All unfair and horrible losses. And on any given day, newscasts speak of many untimely and senseless deaths that I struggle to comprehend.

But today, during my devotional time, when I read about Abel, I got stuck on, ‘And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks’. Since the beginning of time, there have been those who have died in tragic circumstances. Oh how Adam and Eve must have grieved the loss of Abel, their son, but He was righteous and His testimony lives on.

It got me to thinking about faith-full lives. Are we walking in such a way that after we die, our lives will still speak as a testimony to His Grace and goodness?

Oh Jesus, how I want to leave a legacy for You. Father, forgive us for questioning Your sovereignty. Help us to accept losses that cause our hearts to break, and to live a life of faith that will speak volumes long after we are gone. In your mighty name Jesus we pray. Amen.

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