Be Still Know
Revelation 21:4 (NLT)
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.
My confession is quite simple. I have a default position that reads with the eye of the cynic. Now while this has served me well, especially when younger, in giving pithy and amusing, if caustic comments, it has also robbed me of a sense of conviction in the goodness of God’s provision. I am so captured within the pressing nature of the immediate that I dismiss the ‘long view’ as mere pie in the sky. Yet, God does speak of pie in the sky when I die!
Whilst I may be overwhelmed with pain, emotional and physical, I am invited to take the long view and reach for the promise of God that eventually my tears will be wiped from my eyes and I shall enter into life eternal. For someone like me who lives within the immediate moment, that ultimate provision can seem just too far out to make any impact upon my current circumstance and mood. In my anguish I very easily react against such provision, seeing it as a sop to mitigate my current pain. In other words I don’t believe it and choose to take the reality of my current experience as the sum total of the truth of my life.
In journeying alongside Katey I learned that hope operates across a number of distinct levels. Of course we kept alive the hope of physical healing. As we did so, as we refused to reject God, or perhaps more honestly constantly return and apologise for my numerous angry outbursts directed toward Him, God led us into an appreciation of hope in healing being so much larger than physical healing alone. While I hated the circumstance I found myself in, reluctantly I had to consider the degree to which I accepted and yielded to the truth in God’s word as the framework and foundation for my own life.
QUESTION: How well you are able to embrace ‘the long view’?
PRAYER: God of eternity, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You see and know what I can’t and that gives me hope.