What a special time I am having with my cousins here in Oregon! In fact, I have been a little “homesick” for this “land” and my family here. I was reared in the Portland area from age 7-19, and my fondest childhood memories are of this “place”; its beautiful trees, streams, rivers, waterfalls, mountains and beaches. (My aaahhhhh places!)
But, as I get older I am longing for my home with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit; my permanent “place” for eternity!!! How can I be “homesick” for a place I’ve never been? Because God tells me in His Word what that place is like, and I am excited at the thought of that forever time worshiping my Savior and being with my loved ones who have gone on before!
Jesus said, “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 with me that you also may be where I am.” John 14:1-3
That’s a promise, and I believe God’s promises because He does not change. In the meantime we recognize this world is not our home……..we’re just passing through!
Jesus’s disciple, Peter, says in the second chapter of his letter, 11th verse…”Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.”
And the Apostle Paul tells us in “The Faith Chapter” Hebrews 11:13-16…..”All these people (Abel, Enoch, Noah and Abraham) 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, and they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, 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.”
Oh….I am longing for that “place”……that Heavenly City!!!
EVEN SO LORD JESUS….COME!
Are you ready to meet Him face to face today?