12/30/17 Resting in God’s Plan

READING: Zechariah 13-14, Revelation 21

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Revelation 21:4

Let me be honest today. I’m a tired pastor.

I’m tired of sin. I’m tired of what it does in my life. I’m tired of what it does in the lives of people I love.

I’m weary of watching people make wrong choices that lead to pain in the long run. I’m weary of seeing destroyed marriages, broken homes, and wounded children.

I grieve the heartache that sin brings. I grieve with the friend who chose a sinful path, but who found only anguish. I weep with families of loved ones who’ve passed away – who’ve suffered the physical penalty of sin that all of us face. And, I can only weep for the person who knows right and wrong, but who convinces himself or herself of new rules and standards. It’s all draining, frankly.

BUT, this day will come someday: “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 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” (Rev. 21:3-4). That which wearies me today will pass away according to God’s timing.

So, I can’t help but pray today in my fatigue, “Come, Lord Jesus.” 

ACTION STEPS: 

  • Grieve over your own sin, and then grieve on behalf of another person today.
  • Find your hope in Jesus today. God will wipe away all your tears.

PRAYER: “Father, thank You for the promise of the day when You will make it all right again. Help me to trust You in the meantime.”   

TOMORROW’S READING: Malachi 1-4, Revelation 22