Verse of the day.
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.
Why does God allow bad things happen to good people?
This will probably rank highest on the list of questions people ask about God. And often, this question is asked with a genuine perplexity and not with an intention to challenge God. God understands. He understands how we feel about these things and how limited our sight is, relative to His. And in His goodness, He blesses us with a glimpse of what He sees.
Revelation 21:4 is one of those glorious glimpses. Here we see God’s plan; the preparation of a place – a new heaven and a new earth – where there will be no sorrow, tears or death – the end of pain. What blessed hope!
The value of pain – why do we go through pain?
Pain is inevitable. On this side of eternity, pain is, truthfully, very valuable, stemming from its place in making us stronger, and better prepared for the infinite purposes of God. Pain creates in us dissatisfaction with anything less than eternal, it points our senses to the fact that we were made for God’s perfection.
Would we ever long for something better if we were comfortable with all we have now? How would we ever enter and revel in life if we never tasted death? How would we hunger for and savor the taste of joy if we never tasted sorrow? What is newness without the old? How can we have our tears wiped away if we’ve never cried? Only souls that have gone through weary journeys hope to get the best hospitalities.
So, as we go through the struggles and pain of life, let our hearts embrace the truth: that this too shall pass.Pain is inevitable. On this side of eternity, pain is, truthfully, very valuable, stemming from its place in making us stronger, and better prepared for the infinite purposes of God.
Father, help me today to get less comfortable with this present world and look forward, with a burning hope, to an endless eternity with You.
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