Love letters are the ties that bind the hearts of lovers together; the bridge that spans the chasm that time and distance create. Our separation from our Savior is made more difficult by the fact that we have never seen Him face-to-face. We are like a bride who married her lover from a distance and yearns to be united with Him for the first time.
The apostle Peter speaks of the testing of our faith as we await the arrival of one whom “having not seen you love” (1 Peter 1:8). But we are not without communication from Him. We have a book full of love letters to read, if only we will— letters that tell of His great love for us and what our reunion with Him will be like when He returns for all eternity.
How long would you allow a letter from your long-separated beloved to sit unopened? Not for a second! Yet how long do we allow the Bible, which is full of God’s declarations of love to us, to sit unopened and unread? Jesus is the Bridegroom and we are the Bride. His words of love will keep our heart entwined with His if we will read and cherish them daily.
He has written of the place He is preparing for us:
Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:1-3)
He has reminded us of His power to care for us until He returns:
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.
We are reminded of His faithfulness:
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
He has made Himself available to us, even in His physical absence:
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. (Jeremiah 33:3)
He has written of His shepherd’s heart toward us:
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
He has reminded us not to grow attached to this world in His absence:
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
He has promised sweet rest if we will trust in Him:
When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet.
He reminds us that our failures do no damage to our relationship with Him:
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
He reminds us that even our separation is part of His plan and purpose:
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
He teaches us how to replace fear with peace and protection:
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
He writes about the evidences of His love that are all around us:
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? (Matthew 6:26)
And He reminds us where to turn when in danger:
The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous run to it and are safe.
Don’t fail to read the love letters—these and many, many more—from the One with whom you plan to spend eternity!
David Jeremiah is the founder of Turning Point for God,
and serves as Senior Pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California.
For more information about Turning Point visit www.DavidJeremiah.org.
The great teacher and theologian Oswald Chambers wrote, “Your mind is the greatest gift God has given you and it ought to be devoted entirely to Him. You should seek to be ‘bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ’ (2 Corinthians 10:5). This will be one of the greatest assets of your faith when a time of trial comes, because then your faith and the Spirit of God will work together.”
Whether the mind is the greatest gift of God or one of God’s greatest gifts doesn’t matter—Chambers’ point is well made: Whatever is greatly valued by God is going to be greatly contested by Satan. We can go so far as to say that the human mind is the ultimate battlefield for spiritual warfare. Satan is more concerned about what we think and believe than about anything else.
 Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest. February 11 reading. http://utmost.org/is-your-mind-stayed-on-god/.
Seeing Beyond This Life King Solomon ruled the nation of Israel in peace for 39 years during the mid-tenth century B.C. At that time, the borders of Israel extended from the Euphrates River to the edge of Egypt. Solomon had more than 40,000 horses and 12,000 charioteers in his possession. Each day ten oxen, twenty head of cattle, and a hundred sheep were slaughtered just to feed his household and his servants. He amassed the greatest aggregation of gold and silver that had ever been accumulated in ancient times. He built great structures and wrote timeless works of literature. FAITH: Our Eternal Reliance
In times of crisis and fear, we look for a leader in whose courage we can rely and in whose words, we can trust. The problem is, of course, that human leaders are fallible. Though their words inspire us, their lives are imperfect. Their oratory may inflame us, but their thoughts are finite.
We need a leader who never falters, whose words are true, whose power is wisely administered, and whose promises never fail. We have such a leader, for we have the Lord! We can trust Him completely, and this kind of faith drives out fear. His plans and purposes can be relied upon.
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