In the last few months I’ve received way too many notifications relating to illnesses, despair and death. Friends, relatives, associates…
We all have streaks like this when you really pause and think about mortality and suffering, right?
Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
(2 Corinthians 5:1-4)
To be “clothed with our heavenly dwelling” is an interesting way to put it, but the meaning is clear enough; to receive the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises is the idea Paul is trying to get across to us.
We look forward to the day when we are in God’s presence and see Him face-to-face, when suffering and death are over with, and to be in the place where joy never ends. In the meantime, we look forward to that day and take what life brings as those who have a great hope, and the assurance that hope will not be a vain one, for we know that our God is faithful in all things and keeps His promises.
Because of this assurance, we can press on without fear, without despair, filled with joy and peace. And since I just said that, I think I should add, filled with thanksgiving too.