1 Thessalonians 2:19 (CEV)
19After all, when the Lord Jesus appears who else but you will give us hope and joy and be like a glorious crown for us?
Morning light is just visible – and the birds are way ahead of it; their song is already erupting into the skies and into my ears. Oh, what absolute joy their ‘voices’ bring to my heart. I have to open my windows, in order to hear them more clearly – I do not want to miss any of their exuberant song.
Such a small thing really – however, I tolerate the winters here in Canada, in expectation of the annual arrival of beautiful sight and sound of the birds that return to my garden. The cacophony of song they bring is a ‘tonic’ to my entire being.
Try to imagine, if you will, the joy to be experienced after the ‘sleep of death’, when our eyes and ears are once again awakened and we will look upon the sight of Jesus and hear His voice! We will no longer have to tolerate the pains of physical life on earth; because we have hoped and trusted and changed, because we need to believe “there is more to life than this”.
How do we insure we are among those who will be given opportunity to experience this? When this world no longer exists – what do we look forward to and how do we get there?
2 Peter 3:11 (CEV)
11Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live.
Isaiah 32:3 (CEV)
3Then everyone who has eyes
will open them and see,
and those who have ears
will pay attention.
We need to trust in God’s Word – it tells us all that we need to know! We need to believe in Jesus and all that He did for us! We need turn from all that we are doing that is wrong and anything that causes us un-necessary worry, pain or fear. We need to completely trust the advice for right-living found only in the bible. Change can be hard, but if we don’t give up, all the joys of heaven can be ours. The beautiful sight of Jesus and the sound of His voice will be a bringer of joy that even song birds cannot match. Eternal life will be blissfully pain-free, trouble-free and filled with the constant song of heavenly choirs. Sounds to me, like joy beyond compare.
Prayer: Father, we are so thankful for Your creations, their beauty elevates our spirit each time we choose to focus on You. We live for the hope of spending eternity basking in the beauty of Your heavenly home and Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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