In my interaction with people who are hurting, I often encourage them with stories of what I have seen God do- in this life.
I have seen people come to Christ and be healed of:
- broken marriages
- wounded childhoods
- effects of religious hypocrisy
Which is amazing, but I have been thinking about something else. God CAN heal all those things all the time. He certainly expects us to execute our sinful man, but that doesn’t mean that all our problems will go away. Why? Because we live in a corruptible world. We live in a world that is controlled by “the prince of the power of the air” (Eph. 2:2). We may still have a broken marriage, fractured relationships, no job, no house, and a difficult path. And that is OK.
You may be in a place in life where you are struggling to accept your circumstances of life. You may feel cheated because you have given your life to Christ and you feel like he hasn’t held up his end of the bargain. I know I feel like that at times. I wonder why there are moments that I still feel lonely in my marriage, or that no one understands me. I feel unappreciated, unloved, and unneeded. I feel like I am drowning in my life and I wonder where God is in that moment.
In that moment I want to see God. I want to feel God’s presence. I want my reward.
Then I think of this “All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it… They were looking for a better place, heavenly homeland” (Heb. 11:13).
So your circumstances may never get better. Your marriage may never be a happy ending. Your relationship with your family may never be mended. And that is OK. It is OK because we aren’t living for this world. We may die never seeing our life become all we dreamed of, but I am guessing that our first 15 seconds in heaven will make up for it all. Press on today looking for a better place, your heavenly home.