I was reading the fighter verse blog and was struck by the Rev 7 passage Johnathon referenced. It got me thinking about heaven.
Sometimes I get worried that I won’t enjoy heaven, that it’ll be boring or not what I want. This passage says Jesus will shelter us with His presence? How can a presence shelter us? By doing the things John writes next. It removes all my concern that we will not like serving him day and night before the throne, because He will be our Shepherd, guiding us to streams of living water and God will wipe every tear from our eyes. In his presence there are pleasures forevermore!
Let us not forget that heaven would be hell if Jesus wasn’t there!
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,
declares the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
My thoughts are sinful. My ways lead to error. My plans fail.
If God’s ways were not higher than mine, He would not be God.
God is good.
I’m buying a house! I think everything has been ironed out, all the papers are signed, the loan machine has started, I’m freaking excited! My hopes for this house are huge, I’m praying God works mightily. May it be used by God to bless believers and nonbelievers in the Phillips neighborhood. May God protect this house and those who live in it. May all who enter into this house meet with God. Oh man, I could go on, and I will in my prayers. Please join me in that.
Praying for this decision has resulted in some of the most intimate times with God in my life. I’ve been able to spending days in prayer over decisions, pray (with my realtor!) before we wrote up the offer and have so many of my friends pray for this whole ordeal too. And God is faithful. My greatest prayer was that through all the dealings and if I were to get the house, that His name would be honored. And on the tail end of the buying process, I can say that it has.
The other thing was very good. It didn’t go the way I had hoped, but looking back I’m glad it didn’t. God sanctified and blessed me through that experience, and I expect He will continue to do so.
On December 31st of 2008, I wrote down the following goals (in no particular order):
- Train for and compete in at least 2 triathlons this next summer
- Write on this blog at least twice a week
- Learn the 1st and 3rd movements of Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven (piano)
- Learn Claire De Lune by Debussy (piano)
- Love Jesus more
- Give up video games
- Fill my journaling bible with notes
I’ve done one triathlon and have another in less than 2 weeks (I haven’t been training), my bible is getting filled and my love for Christ has grown so much. Praise God for the grace of knowing Him more!
“Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.” – Colossians 3:11