Wednesday, March 27, 2019
God’s Goodness Lasts Forever
In review of Psalm 23:6 it says, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (NIV).
Today’s verse from the last part of Psalm 23. It reminds me of that God’s goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life, and afterwards I will live with God forever in his home.
As a believer who has committed his life to God, I will get to dwell with him forever. God is the perfect shepherd who promises to guide and protect me throughout my life and into eternity.
Of all the benefits of God’s goodness, only one lasts beyond my life on Earth. The final verse of Psalm 23 expresses the ultimate example of God’s goodness: “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6 NIV).
That means I don’t have to fear death, because death is not the end. God saves the best for last. Even if I have a tough life here on Earth, if I have asked Jesus Christ to save me, I will dwell forever in the house of the Lord, where there’s no more sorrow, suffering, sin, sickness, sadness, problems, pain, and no more pressure. Heaven is unbelievable. God’s glory is waiting there for me.
“It is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5-7).
Everything I’ve seen in movies about Heaven is probably wrong. First, Heaven is not nirvana, a dream, or a metaphorical attitude. Heaven is a physical place, not a state of being. It’s a permanent place that will last forever. And it is reserved for only God’s family.
Heaven is also not boring! We see a glimpse of Heaven in Revelation 21, where we learn that we won’t just veg out and do nothing for eternity. A lot of the stuff I do here on Earth is what I’ll be able to do in Heaven. I’ll be able to eat in Heaven but not gain weight, I’ll be able to sleep in Heaven, I’ll party in Heaven, talk, fellowship, pray, and sing, just to name a few. Heaven was created for me.
There are only two things that I do on Earth that I won’t do in Heaven. In Heaven, I can’t sin, and I can’t witness to a nonbeliever about Christ’s love and forgiveness, because only God’s children are there. That’s why, once I became a believer, God does not take me instantly to Heaven. He wants me to pass on the Good News of salvation and grace. The only reason I’m going to Heaven is because somebody told me about the Gospel. Now it’s my turn to tell others.
There is so much to look forward to in Heaven. We will worship God forever. We will be reunited with those who love Jesus. We will be rewarded for our faith, hope, and love. We will be assigned work that we enjoy doing.
What an awesome promise. What a good God!
He offers goodness and unfailing kindness and gives the opportunity to be with him forever.
What this means to me:
His goodness and unfailing kindness will be present in my life her on earth and in eternity.
In summary, God's goodness and unfailing kindness shall be with me all of my life. I will get to dwell with him forever in heaven. God is the perfect shepherd who promises to guide and protect me throughout my life and into eternity. There are only two things that I do on Earth that I won't be able to do in heaven. One is sin and the other is to witness to non believers.
Father thank you for your kindness, guidance and leadership and your ultimate gift of me being able to live forever with you. Today Father I ask you again for your wisdom and guidance in how I handle what has been entrusted to me, with work, leadership and even how I interact with others. I pray this through your Son Jesus name, amen!
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