- Eric Kampmann
Victory Over Death
See Psalm 62:9
Our relationship with God determines our relationship with time. When we attempt to live without God, we begin to battle time as we grow older, and we become conscious that, for each of us, time is a finite commodity. We begin to be fearful of every little thing, because time is slipping through our fingers like so much dust: “Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: he bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it” (Psalm 39:6).
Whether rich or poor, all men are propelled toward death, unless . . . unless we accept the promise of a strong and loving God. We have heard the promise: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Acknowledging the love of God through the gift of His Son opens the way to the gift that defeats time and death: “When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory’” (1 Corinthians 15:54). But we must seek to open the door: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)