In my post yesterday I wrote about joy and how that we can endure anything if we know that we will have that jumping-up-and-down- dancing-around-busting-at-the-seams kind of joy waiting on the other side of our trials. Ladies with children, I know that you understand this from first hand experience if you have children. The pain of childbirth is endured because of the joy that is to come with a new little one. Another example would be that the "suffering" related to overhauling a golf swing is worth it for the joy of that long and straight drive landing in the middle of the fairway that may happen once the swing is perfected. :) I'm having golf withdrawals from being sick, can you tell? :) Okay, back to business.
Friends, the ultimate trial for us is life on this earth. We were not made for it, but for eternity with God. Our own "garden of Eden" - that joy set before us - is yet to come in the paradise of heaven. Our lives are just vapors here in the big scheme of eternity (James 4:14). For me personally, understanding this principal has helped me endure many a personal trial.
Christians, have you ever really thought deeply about what awaits you in the next life...in the life that last so much longer than the puff of smoke of our earthly lives that we can't even imagine it? If you haven't recently, I suggest you give Revelations 21 and 22 a thorough reading. It will definitely make you yearn to be in heaven!
Here are my favorite verses about heaven and the New Jerusalem which we will see one day:
1) "It's all good" in heaven. (This one is especially precious to me in light of my recent but almost gone flu attack.)
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more
fludeath, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more coughingpain: for the former things are passed away. (Rev 21:4)
2) We'll all be trust fund babies. We will be joint heirs with the King of kings and Lord of lords living in our mansions of glory (John 14:2-3)!
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. (Rev 21:7)
3) Everything will be beautiful. I'm not a huge jewel freak, but just thinking about streets of gold, pearly gates, jewels on buildings and a crystal sea makes me eager to catch a glimpse of it. (Rev 21: 18-21, Rev 22:1)
4) We will see Jesus and He will light up the place. Sigh. What a time that will be when we finally get to see Jesus face to face.
Rev 22:3-5 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no more night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
So, do you think these things are worth enduring our races of life for? I sure do. If I know there is Light at the end of the tunnel, I can withstand a lot of discomfort, can't you?