Psalm 23:6

I wanted to concentrate on some good news this week. I think we can all agree with that. Let’s remember that as dour as life sometimes can be, as Christians this world is not our final destination and a mansion awaits us just around the corner. David concludes the 23rd Psalm with these words of hope:

 

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.”

 

First, this assures us that wherever we go and whatever we go through on this side of Heaven, the Lord is right there with his goodness and his love. Secondly, that won’t hold a candle to eternity, where we will dwell in the God’s house alongside Him…forever. Jesus refers directly to our final destination as “my Father’s House,” not down the street or on the other side of town.

 

And thankfully, we know this transition isn’t something we have to wait for. The Bible is clear on this. Jesus told the repentant thief on the cross next to Him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43). The new believer didn’t even have to wait for the resurrection. It was that very day. And Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 5 (NKJV) that when it is our time we will trade this body for a new and perfect relationship: 7 For we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.

 

So take comfort, brothers and sisters. No matter how bad this world gets, God’s love and goodness pursue us relentlessly, and when it is our time, we will trade in this frail, sickly body for a perfect body and we will live forever in God’s House.

 

In Him,

Hal