How Then Shall We Live?
Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life
“If a man die, shall he live again?” – Job 14:14
How Then Shall We Accept Death?
On a Sabbath day, Rabbi Meir had gone to the synagogue. While he was there, his two little boys had climbed up a tree and tragically fallen. They were both found dead beneath the tree.
His wife, Beruria, took the corpses to an upper room, covered them with a sheet, and went downstairs to prepare a table for her husband. When he returned home, he said the prescribed prayers, sat down at the table and asked about the children. She answered him, “Well, they are children, what can you expect from them?”
When he had finished eating, she said, “I have to ask you a question. A neighbor gave me a pair of costly earrings to keep for her because her husband was a drunkard, and she feared he might have sold them. Now her husband is dead, and she asked me to give them back . I love them. When you were not at home, I used to ornament myself with them before the mirror. They were one of my joys; should I give them back?”
The Rabbi answered, “I wonder about that question, for it is a difficult one, but I think you should return them, and thank her for the privilege of having them for so long a time.”
Then she said, “Come with me. I wish to show you how beautiful they are.”
She took him to the upper room, drew away the sheet, and said, “These are the gems. We have enjoyed the time with them. Now we must hand them back to their owner with thankfulness.”
He answered with tears in his eyes, “Blessed is a husband with such a wise wife. God has given; God has taken. Let the name of God be praised even in a loss such as this.”
From “Reaching Towards the Heights” Devotional, by Richard Wurmbrand.
There is nothing in this world we can hold onto, even the lives of those we love. It is only the love of the Lord that is Eternal. Christians all are travelers here, and although each day on this earth is precious, there is someone who has gone home to prepare a place for us long before we took our first breath in this world we have known.
Let us live today like the wife in this story with the fullness of God’s purpose for our lives. Let us bless each other and those we love in their comings, and their goings. For we don’t know what will be required of US this day.
Words to Think About…
<>–Who Plucked that Flower?–<>
There is an inscription on a child’s tombstone in an English churchyard that reads, as follows: “Who plucked that flower?’ cried the gardener as he walked through the garden. His fellow servant answered, ‘The Master.’ And the gardener held his peace.”
“This night thy soul is required of thee.” (Luke 12:20).
<>–What Would You Say to Five Widows?–<>
“We have proved beyond any doubt that He means what He says His grace is sufficient, Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. We pray that if any, anyone is fearing that the cost of discipleship is too great, that they may be given to glimpse that treasure in heaven promised to all who forsake.” – Elisabeth Elliot, on behalf of the five widows of slain missionaries to Ecuador, one year after their deaths Jan 7, 1957.
“I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” – King David on the death of his son (2 Samuel 2:23). y