The Best is Yet to Come

Posted: April 28th, 2014 | Author: Gregg Stutts | Filed under: Difficulties, Relationships, Truth | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments »

Someone I used to work with was killed by a tornado last night along with two of his children. He leaves behind a wife and seven children. Others I know suffered damage to their homes.

A friend with cancer seems to be getting worse, not better, despite numerous rounds of chemotherapy and now experimental drugs.

I have several friends whose marriages are struggling.

Others I know are praying and hoping and waiting for God to answer their prayers for guidance, for jobs, for miracles.

Maybe you’re in a similar situation.

In my immediate family, we’re not in the midst of tragedy, but there are days when I feel a low-grade sadness. It’s like having a fever of 99.1. You don’t feel terrible, but you know something’s just not right. My two youngest children will graduate next month–my daughter from college and my son from high school. My daughter will then raise her support and move to Germany where she will serve with Young Life doing college ministry. My son will report to basic training for the Navy this fall. I will greatly miss both of them as I do my two oldest daughters.

I will miss the days Amy and I used to run together. I will miss our lunch dates. I will miss making my son’s lunch to take to school. I will miss all those days of picking him up after football practice. I will miss having all my children together on Christmas morning. There are many, many things I will miss.

I’m reminded that loss and sadness and suffering and death were never meant to be. They are consequences of living in a broken world.

Fortunately, we catch glimpses and get tastes of what life was supposed to be. A meaningful conversation with a friend. A delicious meal. Being together as a family. A warm, sunny day without a care in the world. The thrill and pleasure of sex between husband and wife. And actually believing, beyond a doubt, that we’re loved by God.

I was 19-years-old when I first understood that my sin had separated me from God and that I needed to be forgiven. It was during my freshman year of college that I placed my trust in Jesus to forgive me. So I’ll be honest, I don’t remember what it was like to not have an assurance that I was forgiven, that heaven was a certainty (not just a wish or a hope) and that no matter what I face in this life–God’s grace is sufficient.

I cannot imagine dealing with the loss of a spouse or child, facing cancer or enduring unmet longings without the confidence that there’s more than this life, that God’s love is real and unending. Evil doesn’t win. Death doesn’t win. Both were defeated when Jesus died and came back to life. And one day, He will return, not as a suffering Savior, but as the Supreme Ruler of the universe He created. He will come back to earth and make things right, as they were meant to be.

Sadly, for those who reject Christ’s offer of forgiveness and eternal life, this life is as good as it will get. The pain, the loneliness, the grief…those are just a taste of what’s to come.

But for those of us who have trusted Christ, the best is yet to come. For now we may grieve and suffer and long for how things were supposed to be (and will one day be), but our greatest joys and pleasures are ahead of us. Jesus said…

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)

7 Comments on “The Best is Yet to Come”

  1. 1 PETER KIARIE. said at 6:37 AM on April 29th, 2014:

    What a blessing it is to associated with Jesus, the Saviour of us all that believe. Thank you!!

  2. 2 Elizabeth La Tour said at 7:28 AM on April 29th, 2014:

    Thanks for the reminder.
    Christians do have it better.

  3. 3 Ben said at 8:49 AM on April 29th, 2014:

    I have heard people say that “death is just a natural part of life.” I also remember how amazing it was to hear someone say that death is not a natural part of life. It is ugly, painful, horrific….an aberration. But a day will come when Jesus returns and everything will be put right and death will be no more! For those who believe, God will wipe away every tear. For others, it just gets worse. :(

  4. 4 Ray P. said at 2:34 PM on April 29th, 2014:

    Thanks Gregg. The struggle is real… Praise God that His hope is greater.

  5. 5 Alisa Adams said at 5:01 PM on April 29th, 2014:

    Well spoken. We live in a fallen world and yet, God gives encouraging gifts along the way…but Best of All is Jesus! Thank you for sharing your thoughts…

  6. 6 Tim Steele said at 8:35 AM on May 1st, 2014:

    Well said, Greg! The best really is “yet to come” as we hold to the rock solid truth that there is an eternity and we just happen to live “for a time” this side of the veil. :-)

  7. 7 Dr. Diana said at 8:08 AM on May 11th, 2014:

    If you did not get according to your expectations after a lot of hard work then don’t lose your hope because God has planned something special for you and will give you on right time.


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