Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Pleasant Stone Devotional Meditation: July 18
“Bring my soul out of prison …” ~ Psalm 142:7a
Then there is the prison of the fear of what’s “out there” beyond death. I [Eugenia Price, the author] will have to share with you on this one, out of the experiences of other people. Before I became a Christian I believed there was nothing “out there.” And so I feared nothing. My dread of death was a different kind and I will share that with you tomorrow.
But perhaps this prison of the “dread of what’s out there” after death, is the most crowded prison of all. I have heard of certain saints who have trembled in fear at the brink of the “valley of the shadow,” even though they have believed the “correct doctrine” all their earthly lives. This is understandable. Those who smile at death, don’t mention their doctrine very often. They just mention Jesus!
And even though they don’t have a blueprint of exactly what happens when they stop breathing, they know He will be there and that is all that matters. Whatever He has worked out will be lovely. Most likely we won’t notice it all much anyway, because He will be there and we shall “see him as he is”! Christ is the Lord of the road to eternity. He has already been there. He died as we will die. H was buried as we will be buried, and then He came back to show us His hands and to assure us that it’s all right all the way there and back. The way out of this prison is the same way as the way out of all the others.
We will be specific later on. But those who smile at the thought of physical death, do it because they’re so eager to see Jesus as He is. The sting has turned into a smile because they know what He’s really like.
“”For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”