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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:In Romans 11, Paul mentions that many have not believed. They don't believe in God. They don't believe in His Promises. They don't believe in Heaven... It's sad, really... On this blog, I've addressed the reality of God through Creation and in other ways. But now, I want to talk about the underlying reason folks don't believe. Largely, they don't believe because they don't want to believe!
There's the old expression, "The atheist is the person who shakes his fist at the God he says doesn't exist". There's some real truth to that. Additionally, the reason most don't want to believe in Heaven is because they think the idea of Heaven is dull, boring, and undesirable. Well, today, I'd like to share something that is very different from things I've shared in the past. Today, I'd like to share with you something meant for young people - In fact, I enjoyed it when I was young.
So, gather your young ones around the computer, and we older ones can let this talk take a few years off our own souls... But, please permit me a nostalgic blast from my own past in response to this "Heaven's-no-fun" way of thinking.
When I was about 12 or 13 years old, I was blessed to hear an amazing SDA youth pastor preach a sermon which I have never forgotten. Have you ever heard a sermon which made such an impact on you that you could remember it and retell its main points some 30+ years later? Well, for me, this sermon was that good! And just this last week, I was amazed and delighted to find that old sermon floating around in cyber space! So, here is Steve Marshall's life-changing (for me) talk that first made me get really excited about Heaven - Grandma on the Sea of Glass.
Now, don't get me wrong... I agree that Mr. Marshall's imagination can be "far out" at times. But what he does do for us is get some of the thrill - the joy - of letting our imaginations grasp the concept of the "joy that is set before us". The reality is that Heaven is beyond our wildest imaginations. What wonders and joys await us? There's a lot of blessing in enjoying the thought! After all Yahshua says that it was for the joy that was set before Him that He was strengthened to endure the Cross. So, join me in letting your hair down, taking a few years off, and joyfully imagining some of the joys our loving Father may have in store for those who love Him.