Sammy Crow COLS

Sammy’s sudden departure has left us in shock. As Solomon says in Ecclesiastes 10:14, “No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future.” I visited in the home just days ago and Sammy seemed fine. We laughed and talked for over an hour; I  enjoyed the visit so much,  I was late for my next appointment. Of course the thought never entered my mind that this would be the last time I would talk to Sammy on this earth but again, as Solomon said, “You don’t know what is going to happen.”

We don’t know the future but there are some things we do know…

I. WE KNOW THAT GOD IS IN ABSOLUTE CONTROL AND HE HOLDS THE FUTURE IN THE PALM OF HIS HAND.

  • Ecclesiastes 3:14: And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God’s purpose is that people should fear him.
  • Sammy sudden departure has sternly reminded us that we are not in control. God has the final say and whatever He decides will happen and no one can stop Him. This is why we should fear Him.
  • Hebrews 9:27 reminds us….”And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

II. WE KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO DIE…WE DON’T KNOW WHEN…BUT WE KNOW EVENTUALLY, WE ALL DIE.

  • Solomon said, “A wise person thinks a lot about death, while a fool thinks only of having a good time.” {Eccl. 7:4, NLT}
  • You should not think about physical death all the time but you should give it some thought and it is a big deal which means we should take it seriously and be prepared when it comes.
  • Ecclesiastes 8:8…”None of us can hold back our spirit from departing. None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death. There is no escaping that obligation, that dark battle.”

III. WE KNOW THAT PHYSICAL DEATH CREATES SORROW AND GRIEF

  • I have given Queen Elizabeth credit for this following quote but it comes from Dr. Colin Parks who was a friend of the queen…“The pain of grief is just as much part of life as the joy of love:it is perhaps the price we pay for love, the cost of commitment. To ignore this fact, or to pretend that it is not so, is to put on emotional blinkers which leave us unprepared for the losses that will inevitably occur in our own lives and unprepared to help others cope with losses in theirs.”
  • Solomon would agree–In chapter three he says….”For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to cry and a time to laugh, a time to grieve and a time to dance.” Life is not a calm sea, there are storms and with the storms come wind and with the wind waves and the waves create what C.S. Lewis called undulations or ups and downs. These unpredictable events that we do not see coming can carry us to a high or a low. We laugh and dance on the highs but we cry and grieve with the lows. We are in a low but this storm shall pass and you will laugh and dance again.
  • Grief is a strange bird, it shows up at the most unpredictable times but it is a reminder of our love for the departed. No one grieves the absence of a person they cannot stand.

IV. WE KNOW GOD LOVES US–JESUS SAID SO

  • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. [John 3:16]
  • “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me.” [John 15:9]
  • “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” [Romans 5:8]
  • God not only loves you, He has a blue print for your life. Are you at least curious as to what that plan involves?
  • You can know His plan and experience His love if you are willing to repent of your sins, turn to Christ and make Him Lord of your life. A big part of His plan involves our willingness to turn from our sins and invited Him into our life as Savior and LORD. The devil is an intruder but Christ comes in by invitation only.
  • When Solomon spoke of death as a “dark battle,” he did so without any knowledge of Christ. Jesus changed a lot of things but nothing more than our view of death. Paul said, “For me to live is Christ and do die is gain [promotion].” Paul did not dread death, because of his confident faith in Christ, he looked forward to it. Christ has destroyed the power of death. He put his foot on deaths neck and then pulled out his stinger. He took the bars off of the grave and made it a secret passage to a land that is fairer than day.
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