This morning I heard a Loretta Lynn song on the radio and it asked the question “who’s going to miss me when I’m gone?” [Side note: Loretta Lynn is 83 and while her voice is lower than it used to me, it’s still worth recording]
I think the question in this song is one that many of us ask ourselves at some time or another. If I die today or tonight–just who is going to miss me? Have I done anything that will make someone say, “gee, I wish Terry was here now”? The fact of the matter is, we will be missed for only a very short time in this world. My great-grandfather was named John Jacob Culler. I have never missed him because he died 15 years before I was born. I know his name, I have pictures of him. But I haven’t missed him because he was never part of my life. And that will be true for me and for you too.
Time passes swiftly in this world of ours and soon even the most important for the most famous or the most wonderful people in the world are just names on pieces of paper. That’s how it is for us.
Now that would seem pretty depressing to me if that’s all there was to my life, especially given my age. The world will not remember me–or you–for very long. Things will go on until the Lord decides they’ve gone on long enough.
But there is indeed another reality that destroys my depression and lifts my spirit. That is the absolute reality that there is a God who cares about His people. There is a God who knows the number of hairs on our heads and our inner most thoughts. There is a God who is involved in this world’s affairs. And not only that, but this God–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–has made for me a resting place and an eternal destiny filled with peace and joy. All the world may forget me, but my heavenly Father, who sent His only Son to bear the punishment for my sins on the Cross, will not forget me, nor will He abandon me.
And such is the fate of all who believe that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
What a wonderful thing it is to have an assurance of salvation. And that assurance is for all who believe. God does not leave us guessing about whether or not He remembers us or will save us. No He tells us that directly, that His people have been elected before time began and that they will not ever be lost.
So who is going to miss us when we’re gone? Eventually no one in this world because they’ll forget us. Nor will God miss us–because we are assured we will be with Him.