Tit 2:11-14 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, (12) training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, (13) waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, (14) who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Until last April, we had two labs – Sadie and Sasha. But Sasha (the black one) died of cancer. Sadie and Sasha were constantly together ever since puppyhood.
Now, I don’t claim to know what goes on in Sadie’s mind, but we have noticed a definite change in her behavior since Sasha left. She is a real people dog, but she chooses to sleep on the back porch and she spends lots of time during the day laying out back on the lawn, watching. So we wonder – is she waiting for Sasha? [As I write this, little does Sadie know that she is about to be joined by Cinder, a black lab/golden retriever puppy, in just a couple of days].
As I think about this, I am reminded of the Christian’s great hope as we spend our years in this present world. We are people who are waiting and watching. We are waiting for the appearing of the glory of Jesus Christ when He comes to and for us. Faith does this. It waits, and it watches because it believes Christ’s promises:
Joh 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (2) In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (3) And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
The purpose of this blog is to help and encourage people who are or have been targets of wicked ones we call domestic abusers. Christ gives us that encouragement in these, as the Bible calls them, precious and very great promises. We watch. And we wait. Not for an empty hope, but for a hope that will never disappoint us.
The wicked will not always prosper. The Day is coming in fact when they will never prosper again. No mention of their name will ever be heard again. Perfect justice will be effected by the King. And we will not always be waiting. As soon as Christ arrives, the waiting is over. He is coming and we are going to be there!
I don’t know if Sadie is waiting for nothing. I used to be very sure that when an animal is dead, it’s dead. Animals aren’t people. They don’t have souls like human beings have souls. They aren’t created in the image of God. All those things are true. But, I also have come to know the Lord better during my lifetime and I know this – the “place” He is preparing for us is beyond anything we could imagine. His goodness to us exceeds anything we could dream of. The Lord, I think, is full of surprises. And it would not surprise me at all if the new creation resurrection includes a restoration of the things we loved and lost in this present life.
Maybe we will see Sasha again? Sound corny? A bit I suppose. It’s speculation I know. I’m not teaching these things as fact by any means. But still, knowing the goodness of Christ, I’m not ready to be certain that Sadie is waiting for nothing.
And I do know with certain certainty that YOU, Christian, are not waiting for nothing. He is coming. We are going to be raised. The new heavens and earth are real.
See you there.