Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 10, 2020
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
I’ve been thinking about heaven a lot lately. Maybe it’s because I’m getting a little older. Maybe because I have more loved ones in eternity than ever before, and maybe it’s because of the unrest that is going on in the world. Sometimes I just long for the promise of heaven. How about you?
Lately, I’ve found anticipation and great comfort in remembering that this world is not my home. And no, we won’t all sit around playing harps in the afterlife, but we will experience overwhelming peace, joy, and love indescribable!
And (good news!) there won’t be any more tears of sadness in heaven. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got the crying thing down. Long ago I decided that crying was okay because it ushers in healing grief and can relieve frustration. But I am looking forward to the day when I will no longer cry or mourn for things that grieve, pain, and disappoint. There will only be happiness and life abundant overflowing from the hearts of the inhabitants of heaven.
Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
That makes me want to do a shout of praise! And then there’s death. . .no more saying goodbye to pets, and those you love because of illness and accidents. It will just be one long, unending hello.
And, deceit will be no more. One look at the world today is a reminder how humans can be so deceived. Deceived to hate. Deceived to kill. Deceived to become prideful. In Revelation, Scripture says that Satan will no longer be able to deceive, and that all who live eternally will walk in God’s light (John 8:12).
“And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur. . .” (Revelation 20:10)
And finally, in heaven there won’t be any fear. How many nights have I lain awake fearing tomorrow, or fearing lack, or fearing making a wrong decision? Fear is a cruel taskmaster that I am definitely looking forward to leaving behind when I say goodbye to this world.
In heaven, we will be fully provided for, so there won’t be any more struggle. How awesome will it be not to get one more bill in the mail? You will no longer need to concern yourself with putting food on the table. You won’t stress over where you will live because Jesus Himself has already prepared a place for you in heaven.
In John 14:2-3, He said, “In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am.”
Oh! And Jesus! He will be with us always and we will finally know Him as He knows us (1 Corinthians 13:12).
When we remember these truths, the certainty of heaven brings promise of a joy-filled future. There is nothing to ultimately fear because God is going to take you home and there will no longer be sadness, death, deception, or fear.
“And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).
Lord, I am so grateful that heaven is not some fake, made-up fairy tale. It’s real. And one day I will be with you to live in eternal peace, more alive than ever before, filled with joy and everlasting love. Thank you!
Sit for a moment and think about the trouble you will leave behind when you enter God’s heavenly kingdom. Then praise Him for the certainty of your salvation in Christ.
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