My husband and I have been discouraged lately. He was laid off 6 months ago, and is still looking for work. We pray every day for the right door to open. But we trust in God’s timing. One of my favorite promises from Scripture is this:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Have you ever noticed that many passages of Scripture can be interpreted for several different times? Words God spoke to Moses, Joseph, Hannah, the Prophets, and the Disciples have just as much meaning to us today. That’s the power of God’s living word.
And the hope and future promised in Jeremiah 29:11 is not just for this life. It’s for our eternal life too.
God graciously gives us a glimpse of what heaven will look like in various places in Scripture. Scripture tells us what the New Jerusalem; our future home will look like:
18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.[f] 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.
The passage goes on to tell us about God in our future home:
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
We’re promised an eternity of love and living in paradise (Luke 23:43). Today’s troubles won’t even be a memory.
Walk in His Light,