Life At Its Best: Find peace, joy from the answers found in God's word
By Jim Graff
May 31, 2013 at 12:31 a.m.
When you hear the word heaven, what comes to mind? Many of us think of pearly gates and golden streets. Others of us envision people flying around, singing and playing music. And then there are some of us who have a hard time even fathoming such a place at all.
For a long time, I was in this last category. Some nights, I'd lie in bed trying to imagine what heaven would be like. I often found myself confused and frustrated by the lack of answers. I knew God had promised heaven's existence, and I knew that if he'd promised it, it had to be real. But how could I prove a place I couldn't even see?
Most of us have found ourselves here before. And the truth is that we won't know all the answers about heaven until we get there. But thankfully, God hasn't left us completely in the dark. In his word, we find several truths about the place he's prepared for us.
One of those truths is that there'll be no more pain. Revelation 21:4 says, "He'll wipe every tear from their eyes, and there'll be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain." Many of us have experienced deep pain while on Earth. We know the scars that physical, emotional and relational suffering bring. But thankfully, we also know that pain is only temporary. God has promised us that, when we get to heaven, we'll live an eternal life free from pain.
We also know we'll have jobs and responsibilities. This can be a bit surprising. If you're like me, you tend to focus more on the scriptures about eternal feasting, singing and praising. But in heaven, we'll be doing more than throwing a party. We know this because God created Earth in the likeness of heaven. So just as God gave Adam and Eve a job in the garden, we'll each be given a job in heaven.
It won't be burdensome or stressful. Rather, it'll correspond to the gifts he's given us. For some, that means teaching or leading. For others, it involves serving or encouraging others. Whatever it is, we'll find joy in using our gift to honor our creator.
Lastly, heaven will be a place where we're reconnected with those who've accepted Christ. Revelation 7:9 says, "There before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language." When we enter heaven, we'll be joined with all the believers who've passed before us.
We'll see and talk to them, just like on Earth. To me, this is one of the most exciting aspects of heaven. But it's also one of our greatest sources of peace while on Earth. As believers, it gives us confidence that death isn't "Goodbye, forever." It's just, "See you in a little while!"
Do you question the reality of heaven? I encourage you not to live discouraged by the unknown. Instead, find peace and joy from the answers found in God's word. What he's promised will always come to pass.
Jim Graff is the Senior Pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. faithfamilyvictoria.com.