“And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend…”
Have you ever had a “Lord haste the day” kind of day? One of those days when, for no specific reason, you’re just tired — tired of it all; weary of man’s total depravity and all the forms it takes?
Konner Dudley, “a rescued sinner with a servant complex” writes: “I rarely get to the end of ‘It is Well’ without tearing up a bit. These songs strike something deep in my bones. As I sing the words I can feel the angst in living on this side of Heaven. I truly experience the words of Paul when he says, “…we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.”
The day is coming folks when we will stand (or fall on our faces, I really don’t know) fully enveloped in the presence of God, the creator and sustainer of all things.
When that day beckons, “God will wipe away every tear from [our] eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
We will be with Jesus. WE WILL BE WITH JESUS.
How about you? Are you longing for heaven? Or is your heart and mind set on earth?
I remember a conversation I had with a dear young adult who told me she didn’t want to die and go to heaven before she’d experienced marriage, child-birth, graduations…etc., etc., etc.
If God called us home today, would ask Him to wait?
Konner continues: “Why, with the knowledge of God’s promises for peace, eternal life, and his unending presence do I value this life so greatly?
Paul had a noble reason when he wrote his letter to the Philippian church. To remain alive for him meant fruitful labor, as in winning souls to Christ and nourishing them to genuine faith. Yet he also mentions that to die and thus depart to the Lord would be immeasurable gain.
Like the young person I was speaking to Konner had his reasons: I desire for Christ to come and take me, yet I’d prefer to live my life first.
As for me, a young 55, I want to sing: “What a glorious day that will be” as if I desired for it to happen today. There is no greater treasure than the Lord. I don’t want to “live my best life now.” My best life will be when I’m fully glorified in Christ. For now I pray: Remind me of your unsurpassable worth and enable me to serve you faithfully and well for the rest of my days. Amen.
Stephanie serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women’s Addiction Ministry. She has been married for almost 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. Stephanie serves alongside him as Care Group leaders in their church. They have two grown children.
Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.
Lord, Haste the Day