Heaven is one of those topics that comes up quite frequently whenever religion and faith are discussed. We all have varying ideas of what heaven might be like. We have different images that may bring us comfort and eager anticipation, or they may baffle us and evoke more questions.
The revelation that came to John of Patmos – that is, the holy vision God gave this man – includes some images of what might be involved in heaven. What is it that “one of the elders” shows John? Who were these people? What is their reward?
Here is one of those wonderful images of comfort. The faithful believers have endured the tribulations and trials of life and are now in heaven in the presence of God. They are given their eternal reward – never again to hunger or thirst or experience any sorrows.
Too often, however, we hold onto a hope of heaven that is in the far distant future. Some day, we say, some day we will receive our great reward. But whether your idea of heaven is white mansions and streets of gold, clouds peopled with angels strumming harps, or an ethereal light filled with joy I believe we do not need to wait.
Those presented to John were the people who had washed their robes and purified them in the blood of the Lamb. They serve the Lord day and night. As a reward God spread His tent over them, protected them, and gave them comfort.
If we as believers can wash our robes, if we can get rid of our tendency to sinning; if we can purify ourselves through the blood of the Lamb, if we can accept Jesus as our Savior; if we can serve God day and night, won’t we receive the same reward in our present life? If we can strive to be holy and draw near to God in our thinking and actions and in faith then God will spread His tent over us.
Although we may be surrounded by the hardships of life God will be there to give us comfort. He will watch over us and protect us. We will have springs of living water, not just in heaven, but the living water of Christ’s presence and comfort in our world today.
Although we may still go through times of sorrow and hurt God will be with us to wipe away the tears if we will learn to trust that He is with us in all things.
DAILY CHALLENGE: Where do you need God’s comfort today?