No eye has seen, no ear has heard
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9
Is your future uncertain? Here on earth, yes. We don’t know what is coming tomorrow, in 6 months, in 5 years. We can predict, plan, pray, and try to maneuver our lives in a certain direction but ultimately we just don’t know. How does that feel? For me, it feels mostly OK, until life throws a curve ball and then I realize that all the planning and preparation for my future may just not apply in the particular situation I am facing. Stress and worry creep in, and the peace and certainty about my future begins to fizzle out.
It is during those times that I seek my footing again with the one constant I know. God. I have spent most of my life getting to know him, his character and his word. And yet, I still feel there is so much more to know. It is not because he is a mystery, although there are parts of him that are, but because his character is so solid, so unchanging, so ‘knowable’ that I can’t seem to get enough. It’s like when you are with someone who you really enjoy–you just want to be with them all the time, because knowing them, and them knowing you, fills you up.
This is the God that has prepared a “certain” place for us in our eternal future. And the more we know him here on earth, the more we can look forward to our uncountable years together in heaven. The notes in my Application Study Bible say this about the verse above:
“We cannot imagine what life has in store for us, both in this life and for eternity. He will create a new heaven and a new earth (Isaiah:17, Revelation 21:1), and we will live with him forever. Until then, his Holy Spirit comforts and guides us. Knowing the wonderful and eternal future that awaits us gives us hope and courage to press on in this life, to endure hardship, and to avoid giving into temptation. This world is not all there is. The best is yet to come.”
Can we begin to believe that each and every day–that the best is yet to come? It can lessen our discouragement in this earthly life–this is but an appetizer of the feast before us.
Have a blessed week,