“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7
We all have questions about what happens to us after we die. Where is Heaven? What is it like? Who will go there? Will we know our loved ones? Can they look down on earth and see us? We often wish there was a book in the Bible that spelled out exactly what the future holds for us, but that is not so. The Scriptures give us some insights, but there are many things that we do not fully understand. One thing we know for sure, God has a plan and in the fullness of time He will bring it all to pass.
I certainly do not have all the answers but have been asking the Lord to reveal His Word to me and open my spiritual eyes to eternity, and what He has in store for us.
When God created man, He breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. When Adam and Eve sinned, the flesh began to die, but the soul lived on forever. When we die, our bodies return to dust, but our spirit (or soul) returns to the Lord. Somewhere out in the vast universe, beyond what man had discovered and explored, the Lord has prepared a place.
When Jesus was dying on the cross, He told the thief, “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43
In II Corinthians 12:4, Paul wrote about a vision he had received. “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”
In II Corinthians 5:8, Paul wrote the following: “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.”
Revelation 2:7 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.”
One thing we know for sure is that Jesus loves us, He had a plan for our salvation, and He has a plan for our eternity. We make the choice to accept His plan, obey His Word, and place the future in His hands.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the hope that you have placed down in our hearts of spending eternity in your presence. We look forward to whatever you have in store for us.
Devotion by Anne Johnston