The promised glorious day
I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:3-5
From the text, John was expressing a realization that every believer should look forward to. The scene that God revealed to Him of what New Jerusalem would look like was a welcome relief. God provides a promise that there will come a time when every hardship and every pain will cease. He will wipe away tears and will remove all the things that will result to sorrow and pain. This promise is what will provide assurance and hope to every Christian. God provides an assurance that whatever circumstances a believer is going through He will be ever-present for “He will live with them.” He is the greatest physician that could provide healing. He answers prayers and still does miracles. Even in times of painful circumstances, God works out His will and provides strength so we can endure the hardship. God became flesh through the Lord Jesus Christ so He could dwell those that placed their trust in Him. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14). His presence in our lives will have its full completion when eternity comes. Holding on to this promise is what will help us go on living life here on earth. All our limitations will be overcome when that promised day comes. “Look, I am making everything new!” (Revelation 21:5). God uses our experience of hardships and pain to prepare us for the life to come. They are His means so we will continue to draw ourselves closer to Him, rely on His promises found in His word, thus proving we belong to Him for we will overcome. “All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children” (Revelation 21:7). God has a purpose why we go through trials in life. This is what the psalmist realized; “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word” (Psalm 119:67). So don’t give up when your faith is challenged because it is only through circumstances that you face that will help you learn obedience. “...he learned obedience from what he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8). How eagerly should every believer look forward to that glorious day!
Noel De Guzman