Sunday, March 20, 2016

Misplaced hope… Unfounded anger

One of our greatest challenges in handling the pain and suffering of this life is we place far too much value on the comforts of this life. We long for something in this life that God has not promised and then are surprised when we do not find it. In short we look for life that is pain and trouble free. 

Nothing wrong with seeking comfort or pleasure in itself. We were designed for it. The question however is a matter of expectation and how or when do we legitimately obtain it. 


Psa 16:11  You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. 


We are told that we, (along with this earth) are broken and in bondage. Yet we are always shocked when our "heaven on earth" is rudely and frequently interrupted.


We must remember that Christ stepped out of bliss into our broken world of pain to for the specific purpose of freeing us from it and ultimately uniting us with him in his new heaven and earth of bliss. This is our true and ultimate hope, not heaven on this present earth of brokenness and bondage. This is yet to come. But make no mistake, it is coming. 

Rev 21:1  Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 
Rev 21:2  And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 
Rev 21:3  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. 
Rev 21:4  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." 

Rev 21:5  And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." 

If we find ourselves angry at God for the pain and suffering of this life, it is due to our rebellious attempt to make life work independent of God and refusal to recognize our dependence and the need to be restored and reunited to him in this life resulting in ultimate freedom from pain in the next life.

Joh 16:33  I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

Rom 8:18  For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
Rom 8:19  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope
Rom 8:21  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
Rom 8:23  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.
Rom 8:24  For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
Rom 8:25  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
1Co 2:9  But, as it is written, "What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him"—
Joh 14:1  "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.
Joh 14:2  In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.


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