Conquering Fear

Joel Plantinga

READ : 1 Corinthians 15:50-58

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? (v. 55)

The most common concern of hospice patients is how they will experience death. People want to know if death hurts, or even just what it is like. We reassure patients that we can provide pain control and the comfort of presence to them as they die. But the mystery of death can still provoke fear, and that fear can interfere with one’s ability to make the most of each day. I can’t draw on personal experience of death as yet, but I can point people to God’s Word for instruction and hope.

The Bible is clear: God has overcome death’s power, and all of us who are in Christ share in that victory. I like to follow the wisdom of Corrie Ten Boom, who said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” What do we know about God? We know that he is a “present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). We know that he is also “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love” (Ps. 103:8). Even more comforting, we learn in Romans 8:37-38 that not even death can separate us from the love of God!

Conquering fear doesn’t imply that we ignore it or brush it off. It does require that we dig deeper and focus on the things of God that we know and understand. When we do that, we find peace and strength for whatever lies ahead.

PRAYER

Lord, help us to focus on you and your faithfulness to find peace. Amen.