Since death is the "last enemy", and because dying came into the world as the result of sin, we need not think it strange that the prospect of dying sometimes is fearful to each of us. Nor should we be actually surprised if a devout believer at times appears uneasy in the face of death. Hezekiah trusted God, yet he did not desire to die, so the scriptures tell us that he asked that his life be extended. Yes, many Christians have perfect peace as they enter God's presence. But for others, one last encounter with fear tempers and strengthens their faith before its final step is taken.

If we recognize our fear and reaffirm our confidence in Jesus, who conquered death for us, faith's last great test will give way to victory. There is much in this world to cause us to be afraid; but there is far more in our faith to make us unafraid.