Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-17
Dr. Jeremiah tells of an illustration about a little girl that was born blind. The only beauty she knew came from her mother’s descriptions, flowers in spring, trees in fall, snow in winter, ocean in summertime the girl could only imagine. At 10 years of age, she had experimental surgery to help her see. She wore bandages for several weeks until that glorious moment of truth came… the bandages were removed and she could see!! The girl ran to the window and stood breathless, “mother, why didn’t you tell me it was so beautiful?”, “I tried to, but words just wouldn’t suffice!”
How can we properly describe something that you cannot put into words because of its greatness? Words alone just don’t do it. 1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him” In heaven there will be an absence of everything and anything that breaks the heart, burdens the soul, and grieves the spirit.
There will be no sickness or sadness in Heaven, no more crying, sighing, or dying! No hospitals or graves! And Satan will not be able to get a passport. There will be no ageing, wrinkles. Nothing will ruin, rot, or rust. There will be no thirsting, or hungering. No itching, no blindness, no deafness, no diabetes, no cancer, or heart attacks, or scars, no witchcraft, no drugs, no divorce, child abductions and accidents.
The sadness that we feel each day in this world may just be a part of being refined and preparing us for something much better. We need to remind ourselves each day that the world we live in is not heaven. We live in an imperfect world as with imperfect people.
Hank Hanegraaff wrote: I don’t know about you, but the more I think about the new heaven and the new earth, the more excited I get! It is incredible to think that one day soon we will not only experience the resurrection of our carcasses, but the renewal of the cosmos and the return of the Creator. We will literally have heaven on earth. Eden lost will become Eden restored and a whole lot more! Not only will we experience God’s fellowship as Adam did, but we will see our Savior face to face. God incarnate will live in our midst. And we will never come to the end of exploring the infinite, inexhaustible I AM or the grandeur and glory of his incomparable creation.