Aspects of Eternal Rest
Grace and peace to you
Living as sojourners in this human life God has placed before us requires a confrontation of our brokenness. Our pattern of responses to life’s difficulties is defined by the Book, not by the current mood with which our circumstances test us. Our many challenges often include broken hearts, broken health, broken relationships, and broken dreams. The beacon of hope in the midst of these frequent distresses is the explicit and trustworthy promise of God’s coming eternal rest.
The yearning for the receipt of eternal rest will be the compelling factor to persevere in the midsts of all hardship. Our eternal promise is that we will be in the presence of God (Luke 23:43) which is far better than anything this world has to offer (Philippians 1:23).
Another benefit we will obtain in our future eternal rest is an absolute incomprehensible joy and contentment (2 Corinthians 5:8, Psalms 16:11, 17:15, Revelation 22:1-2) that is unparalleled to any humanistic experience. Faithfulness to what the Lord has called us to in time will enable us to share in His joy (Matthew 25:23) in eternity and we will rest from our labors for our works will follow us (Revelation 14:13).
In addition, our life in eternity will be absent of pain, sorrow, and death (Revelation 7:17, 21:4). I love that HE wipes away every tear from our eye and that death, grief, crying, and pain will not exist! When I stop and imagine the removal of death, grief, crying, and pain from my experiences it fills me with sublime hope. This reality gives me peace as I face challenging circumstances knowing my momentary affliction will not continue.
Furthermore, we will experience the absence of conflict and harm (Isaiah 11:9, 65:25, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7, Revelation 6:10-11, 7:14) as well as the curse (Revelation 22:3).
I find interesting in as much as we have lamented and possibly feared the dreadful things the book of Revelation reveals, it also discloses delightful, refreshing, and satisfying needs our soul craves. Help me Lord to stand faithful and steadfast as I wait to enter the blessedness of Your eternal rest.
In His grace,