And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:4)
What a most marvelous Scripture we have here. What insight into our eternal future. It seems to embrace all the heaviness of this life and to reveal in part the bliss, the Paradise, the riches of eternal life. But how can this help us in our present life?
I see here the nature of our God and Father. It's brilliance shining in every word. He is compassionate. Touched with our infirmities. Father God knows every tear you or I have shed. Every sorrow we have endured. Every painful happening that occurred in our whole life. Like no one else, even deeper than our own thoughts; God is there
So when we make prayers, let our hearts be lifted, knowing whom you are speaking to. Through your present tears, sorrows and pains; there is a hand that is not shortened. It's no wonder Jesus advises us to, "pray always!"
Then said one unto him, "Lord, are there few that be saved? (Luke 13:23)
Jesus had been teaching many parables concerning the kingdom of God. His audience was the world and anyone could have followed to hear these teachings. So out of this environment came a question; "Lord, are there few that be saved?" His answer was easy, "Only the workers of iniquity will not be saved!" He further analyzes that his presence at meetings will not save a person. Nor will his presence in human habits; "We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets." (Luke 13:26)
This question can only be settled by the living of the word of God. Then will the doer of God's word know that the pure in heart shall see God. How marvelous is this in his sight.
Dr. Thomas Snyder