Read 1 Corinthians 13:12
12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! (THE MESSAGE)
We don’t yet have it all. We live with an ongoing sense of longing. As our text reminds us, we can’t see things clearly. We catch hints of heaven. We see God wonderfully intervene at times and yet at other times wonder where he is. We can feel the comforting presence of God one day and feel abandoned the next.
None of this need surprise us. Let Larry Crabb put it into words: “A core sadness that won’t go away is not evidence of spiritual immaturity, but part of honest living in a sinful world. We will naturally be disappointed at circumstances and relationships in this life. This is meant to impel us to thirst more for Christ and for heaven.”
This side of heaven we only have glimpses of heaven. So it is inevitable that not all our desires are fulfilled and not all our dreams come true. This need not make us despondent. For one thing, we have the assured companionship of a God who doesn’t wait to meet us at the gates of heaven, but who comes to us in the here-and-now world where fog and mist prevail.
And for another thing, we can be sure that one day that door will open. The fog will lift, the mist will clear. We will get in to that other side of the door where all longing will finally cease.
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