Strength for the Journey
Dear Redeeming Grace,
As we concluded Paul's first missionary journey last week, one thing Jason pointed out continues to encourage me. Even though we encounter many tribulations through this life, we will enter the kingdom of God.
The destination often gives strength for the journey.
Hasn't this been true for Christians for centuries? Our ultimate hope in the midst of life's trials is in a future day, and more importantly, a future eternal place where we will dwell with God forever!
If you find yourself weary or facing trials this week, let me encourage you to take a few moments and meditate on what awaits you in the kingdom.
In heaven, we will always be with the Lord. (1 Thess. 4:17)
In heaven, we will see the full glory of Jesus. (John 17:24, 1 John 3:2)
In heaven, there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain. (Rev. 21:4)
In heaven, there will be unending joy and pleasures at God's right hand. (Ps. 16:11)
When the journey gets hard, lift your eyes up from the path and remember where you are travelling to and who you will be with when you arrive. Then let your heart be filled with hope, knowing you will one day enter the kingdom of God.