A HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE

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In HIS Presence

A HEAVENLY PERSPECTIVE

Read: Hebrews 11:1-16
Meditation verse:
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but. Having seen them
afar off were assured of them, embraced them, and confessed that they were
strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13).

I watched a Christian documentary several years ago. In it were scenes of
different individuals in desperate situations. There was the story of a teenage
mother with a 2-year-old son who had lived a rough life and had no income of
her own. She was suffering from sickle cell and had been bleeding for two
months. And she was asking why God would do this to her. In another scene a
plane full of passengers was shaking violently and about to crash. And the movie
focused on a man shouting hysterically “help us oh God”. Several other scenes
were shown were people in desperate situations cried out to God.

Hebrews 11: 13-16 (NIV) says “All these people were still living by faith when
they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and
welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and
strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a
country of their own… They were longing for a better country- a heavenly one.
Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city
for them”. These people died without receiving all that God promised them, but
they never lost their vision of a better place- Heaven.

The Christian life and our walk of faith is not always a bed of roses. Bad things
happen to sinners and believers alike. We live in a fallen world where loss and
pain abound. God did not promise us a hassle-free life here on earth, what He
promised us was a better place in Heaven. Too many Christians become
discouraged, frustrated, and eventually give up, when we feel God did not show
up as we expected Him to. We must keep our eyes on Him and adopt a heavenly
perspective. Life may be hard now, but someday, we will be in a place where
there will be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. For the former
things would have passed away (Revelation 21:4). Hold on to this hope today
and never lose sight of it again.

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