Devotion, heaven 1, Oct 17, Saturday, 2020
I would like to spend a few days talking about heaven. Let’s look around in Scripture to see if we can catch a few glimpses of heaven. Since God’s will is done perfectly in heaven, our heavenly home will be a safe place. In this sinful world, we need to lock our doors and windows. We have to worry about children being abducted. Murder is a daily occurrence. We must periodically fight to maintain freedom and give up our young people to go off to war. We have to beware of drunk drivers. We are susceptible to unseen germs and viruses. In short, this world is a dangerous place. We must live carefully, working to protect ourselves from dangers that come from many directions.
Heaven will be a safe place, where none will have to worry about being harmed. We will be living in a peaceful community we can scarcely imagine. Occasionally, in this life, we have those glorious times when everything seems right; the weather is perfect, or we are enjoying fellowship with family or good friends, and everything seems right with the world. Don’t you cherish those moments when you are just enjoying life and not worrying about danger? Heaven will be like that, not occasionally, but eternally.
The Book of Revelation says that God will wipe away every tear, that death shall be abolished. There will be no grief, nothing to cry about. Pain will be unknown forever. We will live in perfect harmony with God and with one another. Heaven will be a safe, peaceful place. Joy will be our eternal companion. Right now, I cannot imagine living a life where I always feel secure, where I am perpetually full of joy, a life utterly void of negative things. That is what God has prepared for those who love and trust His Son. More on heaven tomorrow.
Gracious God, our heavenly Father, when we contemplate the blessings that await us in heaven, we are filled with anticipation. I pray You will keep me in true faith until it is time for me to leave this life. While I wait for the glorious future, help me to live my life in a way that reveals my gratitude to You. I ask this in Jesus’ name, Amen.