There shall be no more death,
There shall be no more pain,
for the former things have passed away.
The confidence we have as Christians is that God has something good planned for us. Suffering was not part of His original act of creation, but it serves as a temporary reminder of what happens in a world where God's order has been broken. It also motivates us to spread the word about God's plan to redeem the world from the suffering caused by sin.
Although we cannot avoid pain and disappointment "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer ; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33), we know that it's only temporary. Some sorrow will be relieved in this life, but all of it will be relieved when God finally and firmly establishes His new heaven and new earth.
"And I saw new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away ; and there was no more a sea."
(Julie Ackerman Link)
Even though many of us have not experienced suffering caused through illness, one is never sure what tomorrow may bring. My mother had good health all her life, until the last 5 years when she has suffered from a range of problems that made her almost housebound. The stroke a couple of years ago resulted in the need of a full-time carer (my dad) and limited her activities even more due to her physical disabilities. Her whole lifestyle changed. As a Christian woman, she knows that her current suffering is only temporary and that there is a home prepared for her in heaven, where there will be no tiredness, pain, sadness and sorrow.
Our Heavenly Father is waiting . . .
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