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“‘Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst.  The sun will not beat down on them,’ nor any scorching heat” (Revelation 7:16).

The promise is paradise.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.  We long for a place where we no longer battle against the elements.  It has been easier in our age with food and shelter, but there is more depravity and hatred.  This age is filled with sin.  Focus upon the promise, “Never again.”  The Lord promises that we shall be freed forever from sin.

Lord, I cannot even begin to imagine what a place without sin, want, depravity looks like.  Help me to focus upon the task at hand knowing that the day will come.  Meanwhile, there is still sin in me.  Lead me to pick up my own cross, follow You, and live through this age knowing that You have given me great hope.  My hope is in You and what You have promised.  Lead me to work toward that promise.

My dear Savior, I like the idea of a place without want and fear.  I like the idea of a perfectly safe place.  But it must begin with me.  As I am, I would ruin the whole thing.  Lead me, Lord, by the grace You have given to go to work.  I have been lukewarm.  Put fire under me so that I respond to You as to what needs work.  Help me to not lash out at my neighbor as I am confronted by the sin in me.  Amen.