Recently, I moved to a different city, actually back to the city of my birth, and into a new home. There is nothing easy about moving, nor is it a simple task finding a place to live. However, everything fell into place according to the Lord’s plan. Some might ask how I know it is the Lord’s plan that I am where I am? Simply put, I take God at His Word. It is written, “The steps of a man are established by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” (Psalm 37:27 NASB) Sometimes, the Lord speaks to us with an audible voice; however, I have discovered that many times the Lord tends to speak to us in ways other than with and audible voice. Many times we must pray, make the best decision possible, and trust that the Lord is indeed leading us in the paths that we must trod. If something is not within Lord’s will for us, the Holy Spirit will check our spirit.
So, I found myself moving into a new home. There is something exciting about a new home. What I don’t like is packing and unpacking. I am not sure if I will ever get unpacked. To be honest, I have a whole lot of “stuff” that I probably don’t need but still want. With time, I will probably get even more “stuff” that will have to be packed if I ever move again. Regardless of the headache that comes with moving, I like the new place, and I think my family likes it too. If only they will get all of their “stuff” unpacked as well, I would be a happy man.
There is one more move that I plan on making and that is to glory. In fact, it is the one move that I will not mind making at all. Our beloved Jesus promised, “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 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 NASB) Concerning our blessed hope, the apostle Paul wrote:
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. (1 Corinthian 15:12-23 KJV)
I’d like to stay here longer than man’s allotted days
And watch the fleeting changes of life’s uneven ways,
But if my Savior calls me to that sweet home on high,
I’ll live with Him forever in glory by and by.
O yes, I’ll live in glory by and by,
I’ll tell and sing love’s story there on high,
There with my dear Redeemer no more to die,
O yes, I’ll live in glory by and by.
I want to be of service along this pilgrim way
And lead the lost to Jesus as fervently I pray;
As day by day I travel I’ll keep Him ever nigh,
And live with Him forever in glory by and by.
The end I know is nearing, by faith I look away
To yonder home supernal, the land of endless day,
I’ll cling to Him forever, and look beyond the sky,
And spend the endless ages in glory by and by. (I’ll Live In Glory; J. M. Henson)
Boldly contending for the faith–otpp