Devotional for Monday September 28th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me.” John: 14:1-3 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “God is eagerly awaiting your arrival in heaven”
 
Yesterday I told you that Linda and I are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first grandbaby in April. It’s only September but we’re already making plans to fly to San Antonio so we can be there for the birth. Additionally, we’re looking forward to the gender reveal event, the baby shower, shopping for gifts, and everything else that goes along with preparing for the arrival of a new baby.
 
That’s essentially the picture Jesus paints for us in John 14:1-3 of what takes place in heaven as God eagerly awaits our arrival there. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, along with the angels and all the saints who have gone before us, they’re all anticipating the day of our arrival. Jesus Himself is preparing a home for us, a special place just for us. A young couple expecting a baby prepares a room to serve as the nursery, they carefully pick out furniture, they decorate, they buy clothes and diapers and toys, and then they wait – in eager anticipation of the day. And what a day that is! What a time of joy and celebration!
 
That’s the scene in heaven as your Father, and all those with Him, patiently wait for your arrival. And they have waited. Sometimes 70, 80, 90 years until your time on earth is done. From our perspective here on earth we view death as the end of life. From God’s perspective in heaven our physical death here on earth is similar to the passage through the womb for the baby in birth. It’s not an ending but a beginning. It’s at that point that real life begins. Which is why, in Psalm 116:15 we read, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.” What we see as a sad departure of a friend or loved one God sees as the long-awaited arrival of a dearly loved child.
 
Make no mistake, you are loved by God and He is eagerly waiting for the day you are home with Him in heaven.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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