At times,there are things we are called upon to lose in this life. There are things that must be taken away so that new and better things can be put in their place. There are the days of evidence testing on the witness stand for God in the Angelic Conflict, that only those who have been found faithful can withstand as Job did and be honored. Not many of us will see that last one but we will all experience loss in some way or another.
When The Lord Jesus Christ was on earth He said “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative…” Matthew 10:17-18
In the Lord’s case He had the literal power to stop living when He chose and to stay alive if He willed. No one had the power to kill Him. He Himself chose to stop living after His work on the cross was finished, Luke 23:46. He did know that all along His dying was a part of His Father’s plan. He accepted and embraced this to the point of laying His life down but He also knew the Joy and new life that was on the other side of seeming loss.
This got me to thinking about how I view calamity, pain and loss in all it’s forms(even the more mild forms). I have learned and understand( the principle) that suffering and heartache are not random events, I know that they are a very important part of God’s plan to bring me His highest and best. I would never on my own choose what He knows I need to grow spiritually and gain capacity for the prosperity(physically and spiritually) He wants to bring into my life. He has carefully chosen the events that take place in my life, not to harm me but to prosper me, even through suffering. On the one hand, as a human being, I have no control over when or how loss and suffering may strike. I am completely powerless and must trust in the Character and Nature of God who I have come to know and love. On the other hand, I do not have to view loss as an unseen hand taking something from me or disaster as something happening to me. I can lay things down of my own initiative,I can choose to have the same attitude that was in Christ Jesus, knowing that nothing can happen to me apart from God’s loving design. We actually have the opportunity to partner with God in His plan by living in His viewpoint and laying down our lives. It is not succumbing, it is overcoming. God has made us an absolute promise that if we lose our lives for His sake we will find it, Matthew 10:39.
Tears and sorrow are a natural accompaniment and shouldn’t be discouraged. For eternity there will never be a tear or a sorrow and now in time is the only opportunity we have to glorify God in this way. In Christ, our gains will always outweigh our losses for ever and ever.