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Remember the Future

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever. The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”  –Revelation 22:1-6

I know sometimes when there’s a big block of scripture we might be tempted to rush through it, but really read and consider those words. This is a beautiful scene of peace, serenity,  and joy with Jesus in the center of it all.  I need this grace today, this sense of peace. Life can seem extremely overwhelming.

We exist in the tension of living our lives for the moment in obedience to Him (this is the only moment we’ve got) and seeing the ultimate future of trusting in Jesus (this isn’t all we’ve got).  It’s just another paradox in an upside-down Kingdom where you die to live, give to receive, and are a completely finished work but not there yet.

And the paradox grows–not only do you have memories of the past, God gives you “memories” of the future. You get to remember and live from fully realized promises there that must be manifested here.

How gorgeous to envision this river of life, Jesus on His righteous throne, no more curse, no more darkness! Then the current reality, situations, and problems invade and seem to threaten that this is even a possibility.

It is truth, however, and you can rest in it.

This passage describes the end of the Book.  After the wars, famines, hardships, and darkness.  After the struggles, heartaches, devastations, and frustrations. Look carefully to see glimpses of this ultimate glory and hold on to them.

This is why those who overcome do so by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11).  That gift of life produces victory. That testimony of how God moved in your life is gold. It opened a window that took you a little deeper into the heart of God, revealing that place where every challenge to His rule and authority was firmly and decisively laid to rest.

Remember how He’s brought you through and then remember where He’s taking you.

It’s not a means of escape because life is too difficult for you. It’s something meant to burn in your heart and scream “TRUTH!” when you pay attention.

Hold on and trust in Him because “this too shall pass,” and when it does, you’ll see more glory and step that much closer to that place where every foe is under His feet. Meditate on His triumphs of faith through you over circumstance and know: the end is written and it is beautiful.

What are your thoughts? Does this ring true to you? What testimonies can you recall today?

2 Comments

  1. Ahhhhh, yes… the only Truly Happily Ever After…

    • Yeah! And He offers us to live FROM that place of His eternal peace and rest. Not that it’s easy, but in Him, all things are possible. Thanks so much, Floyd. 🙂

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