“Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;
yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.”
Psalm 90:10 (NIV)
Somewhere I read that most people sleep a third of their lifetime away. Then another significant part of our time on earth is spent getting an education and working. Little time is left for most of us to enjoy leisure and the more delightful things of life.
Some people have the luxury of really enjoying their work and that is certainly a blessing. However, for many people, work is simply a dreary affair made necessary by the kind of world in which we live.
Deep in the hearts of most people is a secret longing for time off, vacation, retirement, or some other space where we can rest and be at ease. We seem programmed for this ideal of having a slower pace in life and having time to “smell the flowers”—as some people describe it.
Yet in the Bible there is a wealth of teaching that assures us of the joys of heaven, the relief from all sorrow and suffering and the marvellous sights and sounds to enjoy.
We will forever be in astonishment, wonder and amazement at what shall be ours in the eternal presence of Jesus. Can our entrance to heaven ever come too soon? Hardly! All sorrow, tears, and sadness will fade away in the splendours of heaven. Once there we shall exclaim that we wish we had been able to come sooner.
Life in this world is like living in a motel room. The Bible likens heaven to being in a mansion. Who would choose the one room dwelling over the mansion with many rooms?
The experience of death is the only negative to claiming our home in heaven. But as David said in Psalm 23:4 there is nothing to fear in dying for the child of God because death is merely a shadow. God shall be with us to strengthen us and walk with us all the way home.
May we get a right view of this life today and be anxiously waiting on the Lord for the glorious day when we are forever in heaven.