Thursday, March 31, 2016

finally home

I have had to face the facts that life is very short on this earth.  Losing dear loved ones is very difficult.  It is heart wrenching and painful.  We are left with an emptiness once filled by the love of the now gone person.
But, I realize we have a hope that many do not have when we have Jesus. In Jesus we can find comfort, peace and even joy in the midst of the worst of trials. Even as we say goodbye to a dear loved one, we can rejoice when we have the hope of knowing they were friends with Jesus. We will be able to rejoice with them again around the throne in heaven.  We will be able to put aside this broken suffering body and be able to spend eternity in the presence of God.

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

We will even be able to comprehend the following verse.
Precious in the sight of the Lord Is the death of His saints. Psalms 116:15

God finds our death precious because it means we are coming home to Him. We are finally reaching the place we really belong. We are not meant to stay on this earth. We are meant for heaven. Our Heavenly Father created us to be with Him. Sin messed up His perfect plan.  We can find hope and comfort knowing He is looking forward to the day we get home.
We can trust that God sees death as entrance into a wonderful eternity for His people. They are finally home.

Friday, March 18, 2016

He rises up

Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!
Isaiah 30:18 NIV

I read this verse several times and it amazes me. God longs to be gracious and He will rise up to show compassion.  I think about how my kids will call out in the middle of the night and I rise up quick to see what they need.   God is waiting and longing to hear us call out.  He is waiting for us to pray and bring our needs to Him. He cares for us and  we call,  He will rise up to meet the need.  He will show compassion.  He will meet us where we are.  He will come to us in our place of need. He is such a good God and full of love for us.

We need to remember that all we need to do is call on Him and He is there.