John 16:33 (NIV)
33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Proverbs 19:23 (CEB)
23The fear of the Lord leads to life;
then one rests content,
untouched by harm.
When I come home from our week-long mission trip to Appalachia each summer, I’m beat. We have been working all week in 95-degree heat, showering outside with only cold water, and sleeping on the floor. I want two things: a long, hot shower and a good night’s sleep in my own comfortable bed. In other words, I want—I need—to rest, relax, and recover.
For me, coming home after this hard mission trip is symbolic of arriving in Heaven after our life on Earth is done. Life here can be rough. There are disappointments. There is jealousy, greed, and deception. There is insecurity, loneliness, and fear. There is sickness and grief.
We make it through, though, because God helps us everyday. And just like I look forward to that long, hot shower during the mission trip, I am spending this lifetime looking forward to and working toward my eternal life in Heaven, where there will be no disease and no dying, no sadness and no crying, no backstabbing, and no humiliation. Heaven will be joy and love, peace and perfection, unity and contentment… forever.
This is God’s promise for all those who seek it. Are you seeking the Kingdom of God?
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