“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven,
will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
If Scripture teaches us one thing it is this – God can be trusted. Again and again He told His people of what He would do, and He did it. Many did not live to see the complete fulfilment of His promise through them but they put their faith in Him – and it was not disappointed.
Life as we know it now will pass away. So we should not expect it to give us everything that we would like. Indeed it cannot meet our deepest and greatest longings because we yearn for something far greater and more satisfying.
“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1)
God has prepared a future and a place for us and it is there that we will find the true completeness, peace and fulfilment that we desire. Indeed it will be far greater and deeper, more beautiful and lovely, and more varied and extensive than we could ever grasp or imagine from where we are today.
“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)
For as long as we are on this part of the journey there will still be hardships and challenges, sickness and suffering, failure and frustration – for the world in which we live is a fallen world. Our calling here is to trust in the Lord – who has promised to be with us always and who will bless and strengthen us along the way – and to live faithfully to Him. He will also use these opportunities to reveal more of Himself to us and to help us to know and live in the peace that He along can bring. However it is in the age to come that
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
And so our marching song as we journey onward is this
Christ has died,
Christ has risen,
Christ will come again.
O loving Christ.
rescue us from foolish passion
and still the storms of our self-will;
and, as You are our anchor in this life,
so bring us to the haven
You have prepared for us;
for Your mercy’s sake.