Facing the Next Fifty Years

Facing the Next Fifty Years

I’m thirty-four years old. God willing, I’ve got about fifty years left on this planet. When I think about the suffering I’m going to experience and witness in those fifty years I get really depressed.

Chances are someone I love dearly is going to die at a young age.

I’m going to watch friends go through gut-wrenching divorces and heartache.

My parents are going to pass away.

My children are going to make decisions that hurt me.

Friends are going to be impacted by debilitating illnesses.

Kind of makes me want to go jump off a bridge. This world is doomed and we are all careening toward one destination – death.

And yet, I know two things to be true that trump all that bad news.

Truth 1 comes from Ye Olde Heidelberg Catechism:

Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A. That I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ.

He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood,
and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven:
in fact, all things must work together for my salvation.

Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

And Truth 2. When all those things up there happen in the next fifty years Jesus says to me and those going through the suffering:

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor. 12:9)