Pondering and Longing for Heaven

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I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ,

which would be far better for me. Phil. 1:23 (NLT)

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. Rom. 8:18-19 (NIV)

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Cor. 4:17 (ESV)

Lord Jesus, the joy and hope born from pondering what the Scriptures say about heaven is beyond measure. Our deepest craving and most intense longings will all find their fulfillment in the life to come. Thank you for earning heaven for us, and for keeping us for heaven.

We agree with the Apostle Paul. It would be “better by far” to depart and be with you, Jesus. For you make heaven “heavenly.” It’s not about streets of gold, angelic hosts, or endless worship singing.

Heaven will primarily be about our perfect life in the new heavens and new earth, when you return to finish making all things new. Eden was a mere hint—a preview of coming attractions (Rev. 21:1-22:6). Your every-nation Bride will gather, worship and enjoy you; and love and serve one another forever. Bring. It. On.

We’re foolish to think anyone or anything else can fill the void, ease the ache, or satisfy this longing we have for you. Quickly bring us back to gospel-sanity when our “light and momentary afflictions” feel greater than the wonders of eternal life.

Rescue us the very nanosecond our math fails us, and we no longer consider the glory to be revealed in us to be greater than the difficulty of present sufferings around us.

Jesus, don’t ever let us settle for a “quick fix” when you’ve promised eternal wonder. Esau’s porridge can’t compare with the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Never let our pain outweigh your praise. So very Amen we pray, in your beautiful and bodacious name.

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