Posted by Jerry White on Jul 11, 2016
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV)
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (John 14:2, ESV)
In these turbulent days it is good and profitable to remember that this is a temporary journey towards a glorious destination. Easily we can be so occupied with looking down to where our feet tread that we fail to look up to the beautiful home that will be ours forever.
One of my favorite writers, Octavius Winslow (1808-1878), wrote:
“We are but wayfarers at an inn, abiding only for a night. Here we have no abiding city; we are strangers and sojourners, as all our fathers were. But this, beloved, is the reconciling, animating thought: we are journeying to the mount of God. We are on our way to the good land which the Lord our God has promised us, to the kingdom and the mansion which Jesus has gone to take possession of and to prepare for us. In a word—and this image is the climax of the blissful prospect—we are hastening to our “Father’s house” the home of the whole family in heaven and in earth, the residence of Christ, the dwelling place of God. Each believer in Jesus is journeying to this. The road is difficult; the desert is tedious and sometimes perilous from its smoothness, or painful from its roughness; its confinement now wearing, it’s intricacy now embarrassing. But who will complain of the path that conducts him to his home? Who would yield to the sensation of fatigue when journeying to an eternal rest?” (Morning Thoughts, 336)
Lord, I want to run my race faithfully for You on earth while I look forward to coming Home. Amen!