Saturday, February 20, 2010

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Revelation 21:4
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.


How would you define pain? Since 1968, the most widely used definition of pain in clinical settings is the one set forth by pain researcher Margo McCaffery: Pain is “whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever and wherever the person says it does.” In other words, no one can tell another person that they are not in pain. Pain is as unique as the individuals who profess to experience it.

Think about any pain you may be experiencing now—relational pain, physical pain, emotional pain, spiritual pain. Regardless of the kind of pain you are experiencing now it will “soon” be over. The Bible says that in the New Jerusalem “there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Whatever kind of pain you feel today, an eternal day is coming in which you will feel it no more if you live in the New Jerusalem. Every God-designed need and longing of the human spirit, soul, and body will be met completely in Christ.

Let today’s pain lead you to tomorrow’s pleasure in heaven.

God…shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
C.S. Lewis

From Turning Points Devotional Online Monday, Feb 8, 2010

4 comments:

Lorrie said...

This is good. I am in school with someone who literally hates me and is very passive aggressive about it. I remarked that this time will go down as one of the most painful times of my life.

"Painful?" said my friend with a smirk, insinuating that I was being dramatic.

That really hurt. She didn't understand and that was fine but the remark was very invalidating.

Things are always changing and this too shall pass thankfully!!

I so look forward to those New Jerusalem days...thanks for the post!

Louis Edwards said...

Lorrie

You are so right. One of the things that also helps me during those time when others attack is the passage in Eph. 6:10-17. I remember that we fighting a war against an enemy that can't be seen with human eyes.

Oh the day when that will be over, and we can be in the presents of our Lord and King. What a day that will be.

Look up...Our redemption draws neigh.

Louis

Faith Imagined said...

Very encouraging post! Thank you for sharing your insights with us!!!

Louis Edwards said...

Faith

Thank you so much for looking at my blog. I am glad it has been an encruagment to you. I hope you will continue to visit and follow this blog. There is much more to come.

Louis