￼Don’t you wish that Jesus gave us signs to tell us it’s not going to be much longer? “You will make it through this, in about a mile.”
That might translate as a year, a couple days, maybe a week. But if we had a sign right there, showing us that there is a rest area ahead, right around the corner, we might take life in stride a little better.
We might put up with the pain a little bit longer. We might understand that what we’re going through will come to an end.
But you see, Believer, we do have a sign. Well, it’s better than a sign. We have the Word of God Himself to guide us through life.
We know that this life is temporary. Maybe that is our ‘1 mile’: our lifetime. But after we leave this earth, we are sealed for eternity with God our Father, and Christ our Lord, and we will never see death again–if we are genuine Christ followers.
If we have the Holy Spirit living within us, we know that even in the most difficult circumstances, our rest area is just around the bend. We know that God will give us eternal rest, peace, and joy unfathomable. We will be eternally secure in Him. –because we are already eternally secure in Him.
And we know to the very fiber of our being that we are His. We don’t have to second-guess, we don’t have to worry, we don’t have to dread when our day comes when He calls us home, each by name.
When we are sealed for the day of redemption, He draws us near to Himself. He plants his Spirit inside of us, and we know for the very first time in our life that we have found what we have been looking for all of our life. We have found Life. We have come to understand the depth of the meaning of our very existence in this world.
And we know for the very first time, that when we leave this earth, we are going to be welcomed into Our Father’s loving arms. We no longer refer to Him as a distant “God”, but we instead see Him as our Father. We long to be held in His arms.
Once we are sealed by His Spirit, it’s not a guess as to whether or not we will make it in, past the pearly gates.
It’s not a “?”
It is a Period.
We stand upon the righteousness of Jesus.
We know without a doubt that we are His. But sometimes, we can drift. And we can be caught in a web of lies and darkness. But it’s temporary. He loves us too much to leave us there. He will call us back to Himself.
We can go through trials that strengthen us, and during those trials we don’t feel like we have anything of value. But that’s when we realize that in our flesh, we certainly do not have what it takes. And we are yet humbled again before the throne of grace and we are given a new perspective on life and a new fresh reminder of Jesus’s saving grace.
And in those moments, if we are faithful to Him, and we surrender to His Word, and we take heart in the knowledge that His Word is true, we can be reassured that our trials are temporary. They do not last. Even if it is for a lifetime here, that is nothing but a drop in the bucket compared to an Eternal glory with Him.
So, Believer, take heart.
There is a rest area–in one mile.
It may look different now than it did yesterday. It may look different tomorrow than it did a year ago.
Or it might look the same.
But no matter when our trial ends, know this: God’s Word is true, and He who promised is faithful. He will not let us see decay. But He is building us up, so that we in turn, may build others up as well.
It takes community. It takes all of us, joined together in one body, fighting the fight of faith, persevering through trials, and being strengthened by each other.
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,5who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials,7so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls. 1Peter 1:3-9
After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; 8we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;9persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;10always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. 11For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12So death works in us, but life in you.
13But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,14knowing that He who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and will present us with you. 15For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.
16Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison,18while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Cor 4:7-18
Oh, and the historical marker?
You will look back on this and you will see how God has been working within you to prepare you for the next step.
Right now, you are making history.
One trial at a time.…