My minister once noted that the presence of a “shadow” in the valley of death indicates there is light. The Lord will not abandon us when we come to our own Jordan River crossing. The faithful keeping we enjoyed in this life will continue to the very end.
“O sing unto the Lord a new song; . . . his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory” (Psalm 98:1). “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces” (Isaiah 25:8). “Then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? . . . But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:54–57). “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4–5).
Golden thought: He will swallow up death in victory.
[Excerpt adapted from Wonderful Words by Stewart Custer (December 16 reading).]