I want to share a passage of the Bible that was recently shown to me:
2 Samuel 12:15-23
15 After Nathan had gone home, the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David, and he became ill. 16 David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and spent the nights lying in sackcloth[a] on the ground. 17 The elders of his household stood beside him to get him up from the ground, but he refused, and he would not eat any food with them.
18 On the seventh day the child died. David’s attendants were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they thought, “While the child was still living, he wouldn’t listen to us when we spoke to him. How can we now tell him the child is dead? He may do something desperate.”
19 David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked.
“Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.”
20 Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate.
21 His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!”
22 He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The LORD may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ 23 But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.”
So why have I shared this passage from the Bible. I hope it is obvious, but just in case, let me explain.
The last part of verse 22 is so important. “Can I bring [Mari] back again?” No I can’t. No one can. “I will go to [her], but [she] will not return to me” In other words, I am a born again believer. I have accepted Christ into my heart and life so my eternity is in heaven as this is where one day I will get the awesome opportunity to go and be with her again.
This gives me the peace I have been searching for.
January 15, 2011
I forgot to mention one thing in the above message. When my pastor asked me to go to 2 Samuel Chapter 12, when I opened my Bible, I opened up directly to 2 Samuel Chapter 12. Need I say more.