Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God does not have thoughts of evil toward us, but plans of a future and hope. Until this morning I only applied that verse to our temporal lives. How limiting that is! And then in one "ah-ha" moment (or BOOYAH, as Gracie and I like to say) it hit me that our most glorious hope is in the future yet to come -- when we get to be forever in His Glorious Presence. WOW. All the brothers and sisters in Christ, saints from old and saints to come, will be in one amazing congregation, singing praises to Almighty God for He is Worthy. Can't you just hear the harmony of our voices? Whatever I may have to endure on this earth is worth every second of every trial, every moment of pain, every hour of tribulation, every whatever measure of time of which you can imagine, just to be able to be in that congregation of saints -- singing eternal praises to Our Eternal King, Lord, Savior and Father. There is nothing that is able to compare to that hope of THAT future. I say again, WOW. Every one of us has some sort of pain, trial, or tribulation in our lives at any given moment in time. We are all kin in the suffering of Jesus. As I bemoaned one of my own personal sufferings yesterday, I seemed only to be able to focus on that trial. As I focused on it, it seemed to grow increasingly worse. Egads! Yet, this morning, as I focus on my Hope and my Future, I can't seem to remember my suffering nearly as vividly. Praise GOD! And one more time, WOW! May you be blessed this day. Much love in Christ. V
[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]
Your blog brought these precious words to mind. How often they have carried me through as I remember, this is but for a moment and the VERY BEST is yet to be!
Grow old along with me for the best is yet to be.
Grow old along with Jesus for the best is yet to be.
Thanks happy V for reminding us that the best part of our lives will be when we see Jesus.
Oh how easy it is to get focused on our pains and trials and they do seem soooooo biggggg and they so divert out attention from the one who has all the answers. What shear joy it is to know it is all only temporary and we have an eternity of joyous living with Jesus.
BOOYAH! - hmm think I like that word.
Woah. Boy, God's really been smacking me in the noggin with the truth lately. Guess I need it.... :wink:
A couple of verses come to mind: Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4