Hard times opens the way for God’s Revitalization, Refreshments and Fresh starts!

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

He has also set eternity in the human heart… (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

I was listening to a song recently called “Getting Ready” by Maverick City Music. The song has exquisite lyrics in it that paint pictures of Jesus’ return — His coming on the clouds, returning for His Bride, the church.

Honestly, the song and the imagery that it conjured up in my mind caused me to become very emotional as I realized that I do truly long to see Jesus, face to face. My Savior. My love.

The Bible tells us that God has placed eternity in the human heart. This means that, until we reach our final destination of heaven, there will always be a longing in us. Perhaps even a discomfort or ache.

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Nothing that this world can offer will ever come close to the eternal joy we will experience when we reach heaven. The world can offer us only so much by way of pleasure, relief, and comfort. Often, worldly experiences cause us pain and heartache as imperfect people live amongst other imperfect people.

But another promise in the Bible is that all that pain, sorrow, and grief will be wiped away. Gone forever. How wonderful!

If you are in a season of testing or trial, may I encourage you that once you have surrendered your life to Jesus, you have an eternal destiny that will far outweigh anything you could ever dream of.

I do not know what heaven will be like any more than the next person. But what I do know is that the promises in the book of Revelation are magnificent and that our good, good Father God will not disappoint us. You may not like how things have been going, but hard times, terrible circumstances, and just over broke circumstances is when God does His best work. The hard times, the disappointments, the sickness, the lack, the advertisy, the offenses, the detours and the strange happenings all serve God’s purposes to redirect you to where God wants you to be!

We will not have journeyed this Christian life in vain. God has something better! God is at work, He is leading you through something to get you to something!

Prayer: Father, as we look ahead, getting ourselves ready for Your return and longing for the day when we get to see you face to face, I pray that You will help us to tread this narrow path with honor, integrity and authenticity. May we never forget that we have a heavenly inheritance waiting for us and may we make it our life’s work to glorify Your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.


Scripture is quoted from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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