Paul, the apostle, wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:16, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." There are those who believe living this life on earth is all there is. Paul said if this is all there is - if the life we live down here is all there is - we are miserable!
Let's face it, this life has a good deal of misery associated with it. In fact, I've often said that life doesn't make sense apart from Jesus. Life is so repetitious. We get up and do the same thing every day. We have our routines. Then there's the heartache of losing loved ones to death. You see, there's still a sting to death. There's the misery of seeing our family members take wrong turns and make wrong choices in their lives and the suffering that goes along with that. Who among us hasn't made a wrong choice and suffered the consequences for it? Yes, life in this world is full of misery.
We often work at jobs we don't like to make money to buy things we can't
afford in an attempt to bring about a happiness that is allusive. We labor to get things we want in this life. Let me say there's nothing wrong with having things as long as these things don't have us. Too often we are possessed by possessions. I believe God wants us to be blessed even in this life.
There's more - much more - for the Christian! God has some good things in store for those who love Him. Paul, in writing to the church in Corinth, wrote "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him" (1 Cor 2:9). We get glimpses of what awaits us from Scripture. Yet we cannot fully wrap our minds around what God has in store for us. I do believe we can say with full assurance the best is yet to come!
On the other hand, perhaps you have a good life. You enjoy the life God has given you. No matter how good you've had it or how blessed you've been, you ain't seen nothing yet! The best is yet to come!
There's a good deal of talk, these days, about the last days. There's a lot of preaching and teaching about the end times - and rightly so. Many professing Christians say they believe the coming of Jesus is near. I often wonder if they really believe that. It would seem to me if we truly believed the return of Jesus was on the horizon, we would be a different type of Christian. Our lives would reflect the nearness of His return. We have too many people doing their own thing without regard to God or His Word. We should be walking this spiritual journey with an eye toward heaven!
If you find yourself in a valley, know you won't be there forever. You will come through the valley. If you're going through a trial, know a better day is coming. If you are dealing with sorrow through tears, rest assured weeping may last for the night but joy comes in the morning!
Contrary to what you might have heard, the best IS yet to come! Hold on to Jesus, you ain't seen nothing yet!
Until next time, enjoy the journey!