1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
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.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
4 And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
5 Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
There are several great reasons to not allow the issues of this life to trouble us. Jesus brings the first and foremost to the top of the list: This earth, this life, is not our final home nor our final family.
Now, how much time, energy, and emotion is spent on trying to live here and trying to make family stuff work? I would say that it takes a boat-load of my time and energy and emotions to keep it all together, and then, when it falls apart, the weight becomes almost crushing. So, what should we do? Jesus wants us to remember that He has gone to prepare an eternal place for us and that He is coming back to receive us into Himself and to His prepared place. The goal of the Savior, His end game, if you may, is for us to be at peace with Him forever.
But, instead of rejoicing we usually take the attitude of Thomas, which was one of great doubt. We don’t know where Jesus went, we can’t see what He has prepared for us, we don’t know when He is coming back for us, and no one who has ever gone has come back to tell us all about it. We are so mired in the stuff of this life that we can’t even begin to get an eternal perspective. Oh, put Thomas’s faithless objections aside and look to Jesus. He has gone to prepare a place for us and since He has gone to do so He is coming back to receive us to Himself so that we can enjoy Him and the place that He has prepared.
Have you ever prepared a party for someone who doubted if it was for them? Suppose you had decorations, presents, food, a cake and guests but the birthday girl decided the party wasn’t really for her so she did not think you cared. You might go to her, drag her to your house, and show here all of the preparations and the people gathered for her to make her believe that she was prepared for. Jesus has gone to prepare our eternal joy. When we get there we will know it was prepared for us. Let us not doubt the Savior’s love and care for us just because we can’t see the preparations yet.
My schedule has prohibited me to keep up with these devotionals. However, things are back to normal so I should be more consistent in getting them out. Thank you for your patience and even for opening and reading them.
We spent yesterday at Victory Academy for Boys. One of their boys has already trusted Christ this school year! Hallelujah! Pray for C. to grow in his faith and to have a hunger for discipleship. Other boys are not so interested so do keep them all in your prayers that they might hear the call of God to salvation.
Have a great day in the Lord,