“Yes, we do look forward to the day when we will meet in the sweet by and by,” said the aging evangelist with the volume of his voice rising, “but right now we live in the nasty now and now!” I wonder what he would say today – some fifty years later.
Wherever we look today “nasty” seems to be more and more predominant and the “sweet by and by” more enticing. Evil and wickedness, immorality and indecency confront us constantly. What once made most people blush and gasp rarely causes them to turn their eyes from lewd scenes or pictures. Advertisements and marketing strategies are now designed to exploit what was once pure and sacred, beautiful and honorable. What once was unimaginable is now commonplace and common. But God’s laws have not changed.
“In the way of righteousness there is life, along that path is immortality,” wrote Solomon. He was not writing of heaven as we now understand it from the New Testament. It was a “hint” of things to be revealed as God unfolded His message through the risen Christ.
There is no doubt about the fact that “the way” of the righteous points to the “path of immortality.” Clearly it looks beyond this world and into the next. It reflects the insight of David when he wrote, “And I – in righteousness will see your face, when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.” We also have the words of Job: “I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth (and) in my flesh I will see God; with my own eyes – I and not another. My heart yearns…” Heaven awaits those who accept Christ!
Prayer: How blest we are, Father, to know that “the way” is Your way and will lead us into Your presence. We are so blest to have eternal life through You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 12:28 In the way of righteousness there is life, along that path is immortality.