King David lived a long life with many ups and downs. He understood the difference between shifting life circumstances and the reliability of the Rock of Ages, the Lord, who never changes. Clinging to that Rock got him out of trouble, saved him from his mortal enemies, carried him through sore disappointments, comforted him in his losses, and humbled him in his victories. Without the Rock we might despair in our valleys or become arrogant on our mountaintops. I don’t believe anyone is immune to arrogance or despair. But even if we won life’s many battles, were successful in all our undertakings, and had wonderful relationships, we would still lose the war if we believed to have no afterlife.
How would you feel if you were evicted from your home with no place to go? Quite a challenging question, isn’t it? Maybe you have never experienced a situation like this, or maybe you feel the person being evicted is somewhat at fault for letting things slide, but the truth of the matter is: we all will be evicted from our bodies at some point in time. No matter how hard we fight sickness and disease, the ultimate sickness, death, will evict us from our bodies, come what may. And then we need to know where to go.
The sobering truth is, whether we’re comfortable or uncomfortable in our bodies – we don’t own them; our bodies are only leased to us, much like a home we rent. Some people take good care of their rental, some are more negligent. In any event, our lease is temporary, and when the lease is up, we move out for good to a place of eternal value.
Walking with the Lord, we’ve already become accustomed to taking leaps of faith. While the exodus from our bodies is a struggle, it only represents yet another leap of faith. If Jesus has left His footprints on our hearts and minds, the prospect of death won’t terrify us. Most of all, in dying we finally get to meet Him in person, the One who had whispered sound advice to us during tough times. We’re familiar with His voice. Now we get to see His face. He’s already our Friend. Now we move into His neighborhood. According to John’s Gospel Jesus once said (John 14:2):
“My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”