“puzzles the will”

Benjamin Franklin give us this famous quote “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”.

Death is something we all must deal with, the death of friends and family and then our own. It is perhaps one of those subjects that for many is hard to fathom. There is a fear about death, a mystery about it, a uncertainly because no one that you and I know has come back from it.

“Puzzles the will” is from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Prince Hamlet contemplates death in his soliloquy that starts with the line “to be or not to be”. The following lines can be found halfway though.

“The undiscovered Country, from whose bourn
No Traveller returns, Puzzles the will”,

Death is the undiscovered Country, whose borders no one has returned from. “Puzzles the will” is the uncertainty whether life is better than death or death better than life.

For Christians, Hamlet’s question of “to be or not to be” should not be an issue. In Christ there is the hope and assurance of  an eternal life of peace and joy after death. I think people think that the Gospel message is about bringing health and wealth to our lives on earth. The blessings of a Christian are of an eternal nature and not just of this world. If any television evangelist tells you that becoming a Christian will make your life here better, it is a lie, switch them off.

The real question is matter of trust, do I trust man or God? Trust comes from evidence. Two people look at the earth, one marvels at the process of evolution, the other of creation, yet the evidence they see before them remains the same with two different conclusions. What has made the difference? Faith and the grace of God.

God gives the answer to the problem of death, Hamlet cannot.

The political Will is not a puzzled Will.