We’ll experience all the best of human relationships, with none of the worst. The burdens and tragedies of life will be lifted from us. We’ll be free of what displeases God and damages relationships. No abortion clinics or psychiatric wards. No missing children. No rape or abuse. No drug rehabilitation centers. No bigotry, muggings, or killings. No worry, depression, or economic downturns. No wars. No unemployment. No anguish over failure and miscommunication. No pretense or wearing masks. No cliques. No hidden agendas, backroom deals, betrayals, secret ambitions, plots, or schemes.
~ Randy Alcorn, [Heaven]
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
~ PSALM 84:11
Worry or God’s Word?
God says: “Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good” (Romans 8:28 MSG).
Worry takes a look at catastrophes and groans, “It’s all coming unraveled.” God’s Word says, “[God has] done it all and done it well”
(Mark 7:37 MSG).
Worry disagrees: “The world has gone crazy.” God’s Word calls God “the blessed controller of all things”
(1 Timothy 6:15 PHILLIPS).
Worry wonders if anyone is in control. God’s Word declares, “God will take care of everything you need”
(Philippians 4:19 MSG).
Worry whispers this lie: “God doesn’t know what you need.” God’s Word reasons: “You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?”
(Matthew 7:11 MSG).
Worry discounts and replies, “You’re on your own. It’s you against the world.” Worry wages war on your faith.
—EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE
O Lord, your Word declares your power to provide and your might to move on our behalf. When it seems like the world has gone crazy, your Word assures that you are still in control. You know our needs even before we do. You are working every little detail in our lives into something good. So rather than look at the chaos and confusion of life with an attitude of worry and doubt, we honor you with an attitude of firm faith. We will face the future with confidence and peace, amen.
He has put a new song in my mouth—praise to our God.
~ PSALM 40:3
“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
~ JOHN 15:11
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.
~ JAMES 1:2–3
There is undoubtedly an inconceivably pure, sweet, and fervent love between the saints in glory. . . . For all shall have as much love as they desire, and as great manifestations of love as they can bear. And in this manner, all shall be fully satisfied. And where there is perfect satisfaction, there can be no reason for envy. And there will be no temptation for any to envy those that are above them in glory, on account of the latter being lifted up with pride; for there will be no pride in heaven.
~ Jonathan Edwards, [Heaven: A World of Love]