I can’t wait … can you?

I have just returned from a week of holidays. I had a great time hanging out with my family and resting. Thank you for your prayers. The only disappointing part of the holiday was that during the week my back was in constant pain. It has been an ongoing issue for years as many of you know. I used to get quite frustrated and upset by my back issues. However, over the years God has worked in my heart to teach me many things. One thing he has taught me is that this world, my pain, and my body will come to an end. And not only that, God has something better coming.

Friends, that gave me great joy and comfort in my holiday – The thought of my heavenly future in Christ. I have dwelt on heaven much, much more since having health issues. It can be a scary thought and an exciting thought. But in it all I have a growing longing to go to heaven and be with my Lord.

Passages I have reflected on are 1 Corinthians 15:42-43:

So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

WOW!

Or Revelation 21:4:

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.

Now, I don’t get much out of God wiping every tear from my eyes, I’m not much of a crier, but when it says there will be no more pain, well that takes my breath away. To wake up without pain. To read a book without getting a sore neck. To run and play with my kids without needing drugs to calm the back pain down afterwards. To be able to sit in the church pews without pain, wouldn’t that be something!

Friends, my pain drives me to focus on the Lord and his wonderful promises. Oh how he loves us and how I want to be with him!

This pain, any pain shouldn’t drive us to complain and blame God but it should drive us to fix our eyes on Jesus. As in Hebrews, the writer encourages Christians who are suffering by saying this in 12:1-2:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.

Yes, let us: Run the race (even if it is painful), persevere (especially when it hurts) and fix your eyes on Jesus (our helper in our faith).

Chris Forder

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