We are living in very unusual circumstances at the moment, most of us have never seen or heard of a time like this. It can be worrying and distressing, particularly if loved ones are sick or pass away. I have a strong faith in God and that is helpful and comforting during times of uncertainty and sadness.
Having faith doesn’t mean that we won’t get sick or suffer or even die prematurely but it does mean that I always have someone to talk to, someone who cares for me and loves me and always has time to listen – my heavenly Father. Jesus tells his disciples in Luke chapter 21 verse 18 that not a hair of their head will perish. If we read from verse 12 onwards, Jesus is telling them about all the difficulties that will come on them such as persecution, imprisonment, betrayal and even death. He has their eternal well being at heart, just like his Father does.
Even though we will go through trials and hardship God and his son Jesus are always there with us, to bring us to God’s eternal kingdom. This is my very real and certain hope for the future beyond this life. God tells us in the Bible in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verse 11 that he has set eternity in the human heart. This explains why humans find it natural to believe in something beyond this life. If we read God’s word we can learn what this eternity is; it’s very real and coming to the earth soon. This kingdom will be like no other, it will be ruled over by Christ in peace and with perfect judgment. There will be no more suffering, sadness, tears or death as we can read in passages like Revelation chapter 21 verse 4, a personal favourite of mine.
God has invited everyone to be a part of this kingdom; he wants you and me to be there as Jesus says in Luke chapter 12 verse 32. In order to take up God’s invitation there is a responsibility on our part – we must read, understand and have faith and then express this understanding in repentance and baptism. In Mark chapter 16 verse 16 Jesus tells us that whoever believes and is baptised will be saved. Now would be a good time to read your Bible and get to know your heavenly Father and Jesus, His son, who died for you. If you would like further help or resources to read and understand the Bible yourself you may like to look at the following:
- Learn to Read the Bible Effectively (an online or distance learning course)
- Glad Tidings (a free monthly magazine)
- Bible Reading Planner (contact us for your free copy)