A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, I’ve reached an age that won’t let me deny my own mortality any longer, and I have a terrible confession to make: The closer I get to being with You in Heaven, the more reluctant I feel about doing so. I know how unfaithful that sounds, especially since I’ve always believed in Your promise of eternal life. As a matter of fact, I’ve invoked that promise while defending my faith to others many, many times. But now that it’s nearing time for me to actually walk the walk, I’m balking at going through Your gates—and whenever I think of ‘having to,’ my apprehension grows stronger. Even the love I feel for You, and for the friends and family who are already with You, isn’t budging this sense of foreboding. I want so badly to be ready when You call me home. Please help me receive Your welcome with a gladder heart!”
Wisdom of the Word
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” —Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians, 2:9 NKJV
We understand and yet…
Though we know our earthly home is temporary, there are times when that knowledge fills us with dread. We spend years saying we want to spend forever with You, but when truly confronted with the prospect, we get cold feet. Why can’t we fully embrace the eternal life You offer?