Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear blog reader for giving me a comment to respond to!
I love to hear what goes on in your hearts and minds when you read my thoughts. How else can I stay on track and make a reasonable stab at showing the practical wisdom of God so that we may all worship him for his love and wisdom?
COMMENT:”Right now the future is too overwhelming to consider. I have, of course, the perfect hope of heaven, but I don’t want to focus on that because it gives me complete peace in dying and I currently need peace in living. I will pray for God to reveal something in my future life here on earth for me to be encouraged by, and to hope on.”
It is hard for distant hopes to motivate us to live well in this present moment. If you tell a child that if they give up current fun they will be glad that they did so in 20 years because they will have a better education, be more physically healthy etc. they would have a hard time finding that motivating. We are all but little children having spent so little time in existence that rewards that are for some 60 years away (for my dad perhaps 10 at most and for me 30 or so) seem so far away. Of course in a billion years, our entire 100 years of struggle will seem minuscule, and one second after we see Christ our entire 100 years of struggle will seem irrelevant. I remember an old saying in the church when I was a lad,” Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are of no earthly good!” I am suggesting that we be so heavenly minded that we are of great earthly good in the present. We are already immortal, these are the foreign wars that we will recount when we get to the VFW in heaven,there is much good that we may do because this is a pain filled world full of the results of sin THAT WE CAN’T DO IN HEAVEN such as comfort others and lead people to Christ and stand up against mockers for the name of Christ etc. And don’t forget having and helping to raise babies. Ask God to help you prioritize valuing NOW the awesome wonder of Jesus in me the hope of glory. As president Kennedy said,”And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” When our delight is in the Lord,He gives us the desire of our hearts-Him! Unfortunately nothing else is guaranteed and all things work together for good to those who die in war, starve to death, are sawn apart, killed with swords and counted as sheep for the slaughter all day long BECAUSE: in all these things we are more than conquerors and remain in His love.
Romans 8:17-19King James Version (KJV) 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
It will be worth it all when we see Jesus,Life’s trials will seem so small when we see Christ;
Re-read my blog on HOPE and you will see that we are rewarded in the present. Perhaps not with the rewards we would like but with the ones we need:
NOW bringing glory to God , NOW being able to talk to Him and be heard, NOW finding the calling and purpose He has for me, NOW magnifying his name in heaven and earth, NOW helping others.
We want the old covenenant in which God showed his presence through giving his people victory in battle, health, wealth and comfort. The New covenenant is far better but less immediate comfort. He dwells in us and gives us inner peace even if we loose the outer battle, he teaches us to be content with much or little, to accept ourselves and others and him even when we can’t change important people.Prayer
(written by an anonymous confederate soldier, US civil war)
I asked God for strength, that I might achieve,I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey….I asked for health, that I might do greater things,I was given infirmity, that I might do better things….I asked for riches, that I might be happy,I was given poverty, that I might be wise….I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God….I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,I was given life, that I might enjoy all things….I got nothing that I asked for –but everything that I had hoped for,Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.I am among all men most richly blessed.,