He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death nor sorrow nor crying or pain. All these things are gone forever. Revelation 21:4 NLT
Last night, I visited one of the Mothers of our church who is in a long term care facility. We had the most wonderful time talking, and laughing while she enjoyed eating butter pecan ice cream. As we reminisced on the life and friendship of our precious Sister-in-Christ, Susan who recently passed away, we acknowledged how much we missed her; however, we also have hope because we look forward to seeing her when Jesus comes again–His Second Coming.
As Bible-based believers, we know that God always keeps His promises. There is a promise of eternal life after death: We have hope of the resurrection of believers who have died in Christ:
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the Believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the Believers who have died. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NLT
God even takes it a step further and tells us exactly what will happen at the Second Coming of Jesus:
We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding Shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4: 15-18 NLT
Do you believe that God does not intend for us to live a life filled with grief and sorrow?
You may feel that the loss of a loved one or a tragic event has left you with little to live for or that it is impossible to ever have the Christ-given joy and happiness that you once possessed.
God knows every aspect of our lives before anything, good or bad happens, nothing is a surprise to our Heavenly Father. It is possible to have a full and wonderful life even we must bear our greatest sorrows.
Do you believe that God will take away your pain due to loss?
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. (last part) Psalm 30:5
Do you desire for God to heal and remove your brokenness and restore your joy so that you can have a purpose driven life?
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT
For us to obtain the fulfillment of God’s promises, we must actively participate by doing what He commands. Rate your prayer and Bible study habits on a scale from 1-5 from poor to excellent. The Word of God is not a fictional story book; His Word breathes hope, provides strength, restores our joy, reinforces our faith, and proves that the Almighty God is trustworthy.
Prayer is our connection to God! Amp up your prayer life and you will begin to feel the power of God surging through your mind, body, and soul.
We serve a mighty God!
As long as we have breath in our bodies, we have a connection with our Creator, our Jehovah jireh, our Heavenly Father. God is our all and all.
We must continue to strive for eternal life. The storms of life will bring crashing waves, deafening claps of thunder, and overwhelming turbulence; even so, the Master, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God says, “Peace be Still!”
Hallelujah! For thine is the power, the honor, and the glory. Forever and ever. Amen.
Bible reading for today: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 21-22
Prayer for today: Dear Lord and Father of all mankind, We come to you with our brokenness, our grief, and our sorrow. We have tried in every way to alleviate our suffering. But now we realize that we can do nothing without your love, your grace, and your mercies upon our lives. Oh God, we need you in every aspect of our earthly lives. Please restore our joy, and please help us to serve you wholeheartedly. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and shortcomings, to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. We ask this prayer in the Worthy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen and Amen!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019
The winds and the waves must obey His will: Peace be Still!