3 I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” 5 And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” 6 And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. 7 All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. (Revelation 21: 3-7, NLT)
Of every promise in the Bible, this is the one that I hold onto with the most desperation. I can’t tell you the many times that I have had to close my eyes for just a moment to meditate on this very thing – to know, on the bad days…when I am hurting…when I am frustrated…when I am lowly and discouraged, that one day I have the promise of EVERYTHING being made new…restored…perfected…that one day my tears will forever be wiped away by the very hand that created me. That’s something I can be comforted by no matter what happens.
I can’t help but wonder…what will that feel like? It is truly unimaginable! We live amongst so much heartache and hatred. We face it every day of our lives. It’s in everything that we watch and listen to, and it’s on the faces of strangers that we encounter, and even in the eyes of our loved ones. Because of the rapid progression of sin in our world, hostility, distrust and heavyheartedness have become commonplace for us all. We are used to it, so a life lived without that is not something that I think any of us could ever envision. However, even though I can’t fathom it, I desire it. Life without worry, pain, uncertainty, and depression – without hatred, vengefulness, mockery, and prejudice – without death, destruction, destitution, and despair – I don’t know this life…but I want to live it. I am not worthy of this sort of freedom, but because of God’s love for me, for us, it is a gift that He stands holding out to us. We simply have to reach out to Him and accept it.
It’s like a gift card. It may not seem like much at the moment – just a seemingly small thing – but it holds so much promise! I can tuck it away, and sometimes just knowing that it’s there is enough to make me smile. When I am having a bad day, I know that I have the promise of something good, something that is completely free to me. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Chick-fil-A, they are all great and something nice to look forward to, but SALVATION, PEACE, ETERNAL JOY… now those are promises that I can live for each day!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the promise of a day when we all will forever be reunited with You. Though things here get worse what seems like every day, there is nothing I can’t endure when I know that I have the fully redeemable gift of freedom in You that never expires. Until that day, I will hold onto that assurance, and I will give this life the best of me while I am here. May it be all for Your glory. Amen.