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3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
Life is hard. I know this is not a great revelation and that most of you reading this are not strangers to a little drama, trial, or pain, but life is hard. I think one of the greatest struggles I deal with is reconciling the constant ebb and flow of life’s sweet moments of happiness and joy with its unsettling moments of stress and turmoil. I know that it is like this because of the fall. I know it is like this because of sin and I know it is like this because as we submit to the lordship of Jesus and the work of the Spirit we are more and more keenly aware of the brokenness of our condition. But what else do I know?
Take a look at today’s verses. Life is hard, but I know that God’s dwelling place is with man. Can you imagine it? The invisible God who seems in this life far off will make it the way it was in the beginning; God and man communing with each other in the Garden. I know we are his people. Once we reach the end of this life there will be no more tears or pain. There will be no more death. There will only be fellowship with God as it was and as it should be. This is what I know.
With this knowledge the challenge is not to let the troubles of this life get us down. All things are passing away. Our house and cars and jewelry and all the stuff we hold most dear won’t be waiting for us in Heaven, but we will dwell with God and we will be His people. This is the what we are waiting for.
Heavenly Father, you made the universe and out of dust you fashioned us. You fashioned us so that you could dwell with us. You made us so that you could be our God and we messed it up. Thank you that in your desire to be our God you made a way of redemption. Remind us today that it is in you that we hope, and that as we dwell in this life with the brokenness and the sin and the pain and the death of this world that a Garden and our God still waits to dwell with us. Give us a glimpse of our future today. We give you praise. In Jesus’ name. Amen.