Now is Not Forever

Just think how good your back will feel when it stops aching, my wife would say. I received this gracious message from her often in the past few weeks as I recovered from a minor back pull. As a full grown man, practically any minor aliment or ache results in a some what dramatic reaction. Sure the advice helps mainly because I was incapable of focusing on anything other than my pain. And of course there is the wonderful personal attention which comes from sharing my woes.

Through the years, however, my wife’s gracious message has pulled me through some truly miserable situations. Whether it was the pain of a challenging ministry project or the misery of a drawn cold, I would remind myself: Now is not forever.

The confidence we have as believers that God has something good planned for us. Suffering was not part of God’s original act of creation, but it serves as a short term reminder of what happens in a world where God’s order has been broken. It also motivates us to spread the word about God’s plan to redeem the world from the suffering caused by sin.

Although we cannot avoid pain and disappointment as in John 16:33, we know that it’s only temporary. Yes, some temporary sorrow will be relieved in this life, but all of it will be relieved when God finally and firmly establishes Heaven and the new earth as written in Rev. 21:1. Just remember, Now is not forever.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world – John 16:33

Share a thought when you felt a pain or challenge didn’t seem like it would ever go away, until, you gave it to God. I would love to hear from you and promise to write back.

See you next Sunday,

MJ

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