Verse of the Day Devotion: Revelation 21:4
“And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” – Revelation 21:4
This verse denotes a time of rejoicing. A time when the old order is done away with, and the blessed future eternal order will become the norm. We all know the trials and tribulations that come to us from the enemy. It seems like there is no rest from the hardships prevalent here on this earth. People weeping from broken hearts, loneliness, hunger and constant pain, both physical and mental. However, things will change, all will be made new, promised by God who is faithful in all things.
So, let’s look at what this life will be like. First, God will wipe away every tear we weep. This will be a wonderfully blessed state where sorrow and mourning will fade away and there will only be love, joy, peace and contentment. There no longer will be any pain caused by illness, sickness and calamities because they no longer exist. And even death will be done away with. Isaiah wrote regarding this time, “He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord GOD will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.” Isaiah 25:8.
Such a different life then we have now. We cannot fathom such a life. In fact, we cannot even begin to understand what God has planned for us. “But just as it is written, “THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 1 Corinthians 2:9.
There are a lot of gorgeous things on this earth. Flowers that leave us speechless by their beauty. Mountains that soar into the skies producing a wonderful landscape in the distance. Birds just exploding with colors that work so well together. The sounds of a flowing creek, the chirping of a bird, or the incredible echoes from the valleys as the words bounce off the hillsides back to our ears.
I am sure you have sights and sounds that just amaze you and allow you to relax in total contentedness. I am sure we have thought of things that truly do not exist, but if they did would be beyond beautiful. However, look what Paul said in the above verse. Nothing we see here will come close in comparison to the beauty we shall see in the new heaven and earth. No sounds here will ever compare to what is coming in our eternal existence. And even our imaginations cannot conceive of what God has in store for us. And the amazing thing is that there will never be an end to this wonderful life.
Yes, things may not be perfect here. There is a lot of ugliness, anger, hatred, and pain in this life. But a better time is coming. The effects of the fall in the garden will be done away with. All of creation will be remade. Imagine, “And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them. Also, the cow and the bear will graze, their young will lie down together, And the lion will eat straw like the ox. The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra, And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den. They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:6-9.
It is hard to imagine, but this, and infinitely more will be our life forevermore. Praise God, I cannot wait.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.