Scripture Reading: I Peter 5:6-11
“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever.” (I Peter 5:10,11)
As with all good things we experience during our lives on this earth, there will always be times of difficulty, disappointment, and disaster. Because of this fact, we must learn to live with the end in mind. We must keep an eternal perspective and remember where we are headed — we are headed for glory!
We have been called to share in God’s eternal glory. All of history is moving toward the day when Jesus returns and makes the final and complete restoration of all things. There will be new heavens and a new earth. Sin and all its consequences will be gone forever. The New Jerusalem will appear and we will see our Savior face to face.
John received this vision of the New Jerusalem — “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be any mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away'” (Revelation 2:2-4).
Keeping an eternal perspective enables us to find joy and peace even when we are going through difficult times. For this very reason, we are told — “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us” (Romans 8:18). No matter what we have to endure here on earth, it pales to insignificance when God’s glory is revealed to us.
We will behold the glory of Christ. Jesus prayed, “Father, I desire that they also whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory, that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). The Father will certainly answer the prayer of His Beloved Son. One day we will be with Jesus and we will behold His glory.
David asked the Lord for one thing — “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). We are destined for glory. We will dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our lives and we will gaze upon the beauty of our Lord. This is our destiny. We are headed for glory. Keep an eternal perspective. The God of all grace has called us to His eternal glory in Christ!
Lord Jesus, I long to see Your glory and I long to gaze upon Your beauty. I know that one day I will see You face to face in the New Jerusalem. What comfort it gives me to know that then there will be no more death nor mourning nor crying nor pain. All things will be restored and Your people will be established forever in glory. Enable me to keep an eternal perspective, especially through the difficult times. I know there is something far better awaiting me in glory than the very best this world has to offer.
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