I am astounded to discover that I either missed something – or I forgot – often.
Initially this worried me. As many times as I have read the Bible, I don’t remember catching the whole meaning of a verse I memorized early on in my walk with Jesus:
For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.
‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’
Rev 7:17 (NIV)
Emphasis on the remember part of my opening sentence. This got me wondering how many times I’ve parroted the words, “there are no tears in heaven.” I’m not gonna lie, the thought made me shiver a little.
Ahem. It stands to reason that, since “God will wipe away every tear from their eyes, there will be tears – in heaven.”*
So immediately following this profound revelation (or review, whatever) I initially felt a little frightened at the thought of having misled loved ones.
But wait, there’s more:
“…he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces;
He will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken.”
Isaiah 25:8 (NIV)
Whew! My bad, but thanks to Jesus it’s not on me. Or on Eric Clapton either.
Initially I like the image of heaven without tears. But in heaven God heals each wound once and for all – finally and for evermore.
That’s not to say we won’t all account for our every word and deed. We will – good, not-so-good and bad. I don’t like to admit I have much to be ashamed of and to weep over. Even so, we get to ask forgiveness. What’s more, we don’t have to wait – we can be forgiven now. And then we get heaven! YEAH!!
With such a subjective memory as mine, today I must declare:
“Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us. This is the Lord, we trusted in him; let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”
Isaiah 25:9 (NIV)
… And God will help me to never forget it!
*David Jeremiah, Turning Point, Tribulation Harvest, Part 2 teaching series available on Youtube.
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