“One thing I ask of the LORD…: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:41 Corinthians 4:10-13
Life is full of uncertainty. And it can be devastating. The journey of our lives is composed of one transition after another. As Paul says to the Corinthian people, we hunger and thirst, are in rags, are brutally treated, and are homeless. “When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it” (4:12). Is all of that an uncertain existence? No! Unless you have no assurance of a heavenly habitation.
For the one whose faith can look ahead to an eternity with Christ, the uncertainties of life fade into nothingness; a troubled heart finds assurance.
My brother-in-law Ted was diagnosed with leukemia just five weeks before he died. A finer man no family ever had. A few hours before he passed away, I walked into his hospital room. There was no gloom there. With a weak but reassuring smile, he pointed his finger toward heaven and whispered, “The victory is won!”
A forever dwelling place we will never find here. But the Good Shepherd leads on to that fairer place where we can safely say, “I will dwell.”
“Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: aim at Earth and you will get neither.” (C.S. Lewis, 1960)