God has made us a promise that we would be very wise to hold near and dear to our heart and never let it go. God has specifically stated that there will be a time in the future, when the holy city, the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven. At that time, the Bible announces the following in Revelation 21:2-4 (NKJV):
"And I John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There sall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
There is a day coming when God will once again dwell with His people. When this glorious day arrives, God will personally wipe away every tear (past, present or future) from our eyes. Let me tell you something; when GOD wipes away every tear, there will be no residue and no remembrance of what the tear was even caused by. All traces of the cause and the tearful effect will be wiped away totally.
The moment God comes to dwell with His people there ceases to be death, sorrow and pain. These three things are associated with the current life we live and when God comes to dwell with us, these former things will be completely passed away without a trace.
In this life we are almost daily confronted with situations which produce pain, agony, heartache and heartbreak. People hurt us through words said and actions done. Our precious and pure hearts find themselves cracked and crushed on the floor; broken by people who could care less about what they are doing and the damage done by their hurtful words and deeds.
In this life we must deal with pain of all kinds. We must confront physical pain daily which at times makes it nearly impossible to live and function. We must handle the pain which comes from rejection and being made fun or light of. We must deal with mental pain as children and/or parents say things which cut us to our hearts. We must handle the psychological pain found in cruel and harassing words at work and even at church. We must confront the deep and injurious pain that arises from broken relationships, especially marriages.
As is this were not bad enough, we are constantly surrounded by loved ones who get sick and die. It seems at times the grieving process never ends as elderly friends and relatives pass away in quick succession. What is worse is when parents must grieve for the loss of a child through violence or war. Death produces grief and a kind of pain which is as an ache deep within the soul. That which tries the souls of God's people more than anything else is dealing with death/grief and pain all associated with the loss of someone near and dear to their heart.
I know people who never recover from the death of a wife/husband. They are still grieving ten years later. For these people, the pain is simply too deep for them to overcome. These are the people the Bible refers to as having "broken hearts". Only God can heal this type of brokenness.
Those of us confronting the daily ordeal of chronic physical illness or disease must constantly handle the relentless physical pain as well as the mental condemnation poured upon us by well meaning overzealous believers who tend to make it sound like it is our fault we are sick. Those who have broken bodies usually have minds worn down by either pain or medication and react poorly to exhortations to "get well". Just as a person who has had a death in the family needs comfort and understanding; so a person dealing with a chronic and disabling disease needs gentle edification and encouragement and not condemnation for not having enough faith.
The day is coming when finally all these things; pain, death, grief, sorrow, sadness and tears will be gone forever. When God comes to dwell with us, He will remove these things once and forever. Once that day arrives, there will never again be any tears, except for joy and gratitude. Once that day comes, there will never again be any pain in any category. All physical issues will be totally healed forever. Once that day arrives, there will never again be any death and the corresponding grief or sorrow.
When He makes all things new, the old will forever pass away. This is hope and this is what should help us "keep heart" no matter what horrible things happen in this life. All that goes on now is but for a little while and then God will forever remove every last trace of it. Our hope is that when God comes to dwell with us, all will be as good, right and pure as He is; and it will be for He will be dwelling among us. With this hope, even the worst this life offers can be handled for it is literally only for a little while.
Once again I find myself turning to and pondering these words the Apostle Paul recorded so long ago: [quote]That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
For our present troubles are small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NLT) [/quote] God has brought these words to my remembrance time and time again as He has reminded me that He is bigger than any enemy I encounter, His light can penetrate any darkness and my "light afflictions" are in reality just one brief moment in time and the very, very, very best is yet to be and that...unlike my "light afflictions" will never, ever end!
You wrote: [quote]With this hope, even the worst this life offers can be handled for it is literally only for a little while. [/quote] Absolutely!