We all profess that we are bound for heaven, immortality, and glory: but is it any evidence that we really design it if all our thoughts are consumed about the trifles of this world, which we must leave behind us, and have only occasional thoughts of things above?
Most may not know it, but I have three children. My two oldest are in the military. My oldest boy has been stationed in California the past two years, but now has been sent to Korea. My other son is just now going through basic training.
Being away from the oldest boy for two years was hard. Nevertheless that was not the hardest thing about him being gone. The hardest part of him being gone for two years was the fact that right before he left for California, his wife and him gave birth to a little girl. This is my first grandchild. So being apart from her was very hard. I mean think about it, I missed out on a lot the first two years of her life. Not hearing her first words, or seeing her first steps, or being around just to hold her. This was very hard to deal with at times.
The great news about the situation is that for the next year, while my oldest boy is in Korea, my granddaughter and her mother has come home. I now have been reaping the fruits of holding my grandchild, of making her laugh, of chasing her around to keep her out of things, and of course giving her candy before her mother comes to get her to take her back to their place.
Most people take for granted their family. They have kids who grow up and move down the rode and they get to see them every other day. Sometimes they see their kids more than they want to because they are always over their house wanting to borrow money or groceries and calling on their parents to help them out around their new house.
Everyone who is a Christian and has placed their hope in Christ should know what I have experienced the past two years. I mean think about it. God the Father is birthing and adopting children all over the world. We are separated from our eternal family. We do not get to see our brothers and sisters take their first steps in Christ or to come of age. Yet we long for our family. We are connected spiritually through the blood of Christ. This is a greater bond than just a natural relationship. This is why we endure hardships and afflictions.
The hardest part of this, however, is not just being apart from our spiritual family; but also not seeing our Saviour face to face. We are the children who are dwelling, as it seems, two thousand miles from home. Though we have his Spirit to comfort us and to keep us on the right road, nevertheless we long for our eternal home.
The book of Hebrews comforts us concerning our journeys through this world; by reminding us of the father of faith, faithful Abraham. Let’s look at it.
Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
Heb 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Heb11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
Heb 11:12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.
Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Heb11:14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
One thing is sure. Though we are pilgrims and strangers in this land, nevertheless God has prepared for us a city. There is a time of rejoicing coming. We will be with our God and his children for eternity. Those of us that were alienated from our natural families for reason such as: bitterness, strife, sickness, living miles from one another or whatever, will be united with our eternal family forever.
To leave you with these words of comfort as you walk through this world.
John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
Even so come Lord Jesus.
Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.
“You can organize marches and make your protests. It all comes to nothing, and makes not the slightest difference to anyone. But if you have a large number of individual Christians in a nation, or in the world, then and only then can you begin to expect Christian conduct on the international and national level. I do not listen to a man who tells me how to solve the world’s problems if he cannot solve his own personal problems. If a man’s home is in a state of discord, his opinions about the state of the nation or the state of the world are purely theoretical.”
Martin Llyod Jones (1899-1981)
I thank you for following my blog and hope you have been blessed by it. I appreciate that you stayed connected throughout my technical issues.
Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.
The will is a beast of burden.
If God mounts it, it wishes and goes as God wills;
if Satan mounts it, it wishes and goes as Satan wills;
Nor can it choose its rider…
The riders contend for its possession.
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
The Scripture abounds in commands and cautions for our utmost diligence in our search and inquiry as to whether we are made partakers of Christ or not, or whether His Spirit dwells in us or not—which argue both the difficulty of attaining an assured confidence herein, as also the danger of our being mistaken, and yet the certainty of a good issue upon the diligent and regular use of means to that purpose.
1. Although temporary Believers, and other unregenerate men, may vainly deceive themselves with false hopes, and carnal presumptions, of being in the favour of God, and state of salvation, (a) which hope of theirs shall perish; yet such as truely believe in the Lord Jesus, and love him in sincerity, endeavouring to walk in all good Conscience before him, may in this life be certainly assured (b) that they are in the state of Grace; and may rejoyce in the hope of the glory of God which hope shall never make them (c) ashamed.
a Job 8.13.14. Mat. 7.22 23.
b 1 Joh. 2.3. ch. 3.14 18,19.21.24. ch. 5.13.
c Rom. 5.2.5.
The Second London Baptist Confession of 1677/89