Posted by Jerry White on Aug 8, 2016
“What is the enjoyment of heaven? Not merely exemption from trial, freedom from sorrow, rest from toil, and release from conflicts—oh no! It is the presence, the full unclouded presence of our Father there. To be with Christ, to behold His glory, to gaze upon His face, to hear His voice, to feel the throbbing of His bosom, to bask in the effulgence of God’s presence—oh, this is heaven, the heaven of heaven!
The twilight of this glory we have here on earth. ‘I am not alone,’ each sorrowful and banished soul can exclaim, ‘because the Father is with me.’ Yes, beloved, your own Father; thou shall call Him your Father. In Jesus, He is your reconciled, pacified Father, whose thoughts that He thinks of you are all peace, and whose ways that He takes with you are all love. The presence, the voice, the smile of a parent, how precious and soothing, especially when that presence is realized, that voice is heard, and that smile is seen in the dark, desolate hour of adversity.
God is our heavenly Parent. His presence, His care, His smiles are ever with His children…. He is with you to cheer your loneliness, to sweeten your solitude, to sanctify your sorrow, to strengthen your weakness, to shield your person, to pardon your sins, and to heal all your diseases. In your deep solitude, listen to His own touching words: ‘Fear thou not; be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee: yea. I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness’ (Isa. 41:10).”
Octavius Winslow (1808-1878)
Morning Thoughts, 399-400
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!
Posted by Jerry White on Jun 14, 2009
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 (ESV)
“God will restore and glorify our eyesight in heaven until we can out-see the eagle. And he’ll do this for one reason: so that we can eternally take in the Lamb and his glory, in answer to our Lord’s prayer in John 17:24. With the very eyes that you now see the tokens of Christ in the bread and wine of communion, you’ll one day see him in the flesh. Doesn’t that give you goose bumps? And you won’t just see his human nature. You’ll see the perfection of infinite wisdom, love, and power in him. All the glories of Christ that we have so weakly and faintly reflected on in this life will fill our eyes forever.”
Through the Looking Glass, 158
When John, the very one who was so close to Jesus at the last supper that he could lean back against Him (John 13:21-25), saw the same Jesus enthroned and glorified as Lord in the Revelation, he fell at His feet as though dead (Revelation 1:12-17). When we see our Lord Jesus Christ at His return we shall become like Him (1 John 3:2), and Jesus said “the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43, ESV). The superlative blessing of heaven will be to see the glorified Lord Jesus Christ. We have partial glimpses now, but we will have full revelation then. Our redeemed souls long to see the One whom we love but have never seen (1 Peter 1:8), and when we finally do, we will be thrilled beyond any earthly human language. This is the living hope to which we are born again (1 Peter 1:3). We shall behold Him!