Our heart’s desire – to finally be able to cease from toilsome labor and just enjoy life, to work on building relationships, to delve into the depths of our partnership with the Almighty, to know God as Father and friend, Savior and Lord. We want to develop our hobbies and passions, to re-create ourselves, to become new, fresh, and enthusiastic about life. We need time to think, to pray, and to dream. We desire time to just be without having to do.
If nothing else, heaven will be restful.
Here on earth, Our Father gives us glimpses of our heavenly rest as we meditate on his word and his ways, as we explore paths of peace and love, and as we set our ambitions and affections on the things of the kingdom. If earth is the appetizer, then heaven is the five course meal, a banquet of love. If earth is our apprenticeship, then heaven is our full partnership with all that is holy and good, and with all who have been adopted into the royal family.
We are told to cease striving and to be still and just know that Our God is GOD, that he will be exalted in the earth. He is the strategist; he is the master tactician. Military geniuses, master chess players, and corporate giants are only mere shadows of our creator, sustainer, and vindicator. The Lord, the King of kings, not only sees 10 moves ahead, but he sees the end from the beginning. He knows what he is going to do today, and he knows what he is going to do on the last day of mankind’s final revolt against his authority.
We can hardly imagine the paradise awaiting us, the bliss that is our inheritance. We are so accustomed to life’s toils and troubles, we might wonder what we would do with our lives if we weren’t having to overcome some difficulty. We might wonder how we would feel if all negative emotions just ceased to exist. We might wonder what we would see if everything around us was all of a sudden infinitely beautiful.
To see the eternal, the infinite, to be children of light, to live in a kingdom of light and love, to be immortal, eternal beings like our Father – this is our inheritance. Power beyond imagination, peace which passes understanding, love so strong that it would make the mighty faint – these are only approximations of our future. We will surely be like God, for we will see him as he is.
~ Brad Heilhecker