'With long life I will satisfy them.' Psalm 91:16 NRS
Yes, Heaven will be nice. The Bible describes it in this way: ‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’ (Revelation 21:4 ESV) But what about today? Can’t life be painless now?’ In the mystery of what we know about Heaven, we know that God will take complete care of us, for good. But what about when we step out of our front doors into the world of illness, doubt, and unsure walks through dodgy alleys? God says He has our backs.
Have a read of Psalm 91. Those words aren’t sweet nothings from on high—they’re grounded on an God’s promise to take care of those who remain in Him. For example, in Genesis 15 God essentially says to Abram, ‘I’ll tear myself apart before I’ll go back on my promise.’ He means it when He says that His 'faithfulness is a shield.’ (Psalm 91:4 ESV)
That’s for today, in the worst fear, in our illnesses and when we’re in danger. He promised it. But it’s not a pledge of ‘cotton wool’ protection. Remember, the Bible has Jesus’ terrible death, not to mention a pretty beaten–up early Church. God works good from all our bad, including the pain. The world *is* dangerous. It won’t always make sense. But He gives us His Word. We can cry for His help to shield us when we’re up against pain or confusion that’s overwhelming. The one who hears is a Father who’d tear Himself apart before losing any of His kids. In your church it’s almost certain there’s someone who’s been through real pain and come through with God. Seek them out and listen to what they’ve learned.
SoulFood: Deut 8-10, Matt 7:1-14, Ps 37:16-24, Prov 11:30-31
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