Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak
ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished,
that her iniquity is pardoned. Isa 40:1, 2.
In the darkest days of her long conflict with evil, the church
of God has been given revelations of the eternal purpose of Jehovah. His people
have been permitted to look beyond the trials of the present to the triumphs
of the future, when, the warfare having been accomplished, the redeemed will
enter into possession of the promised land. These visions of future glory,
scenes pictured by the hand of God, should be dear to His church today, when
the controversy of the ages is rapidly closing and the promised blessings
are soon to be realized in all their fullness.
To us who are standing on the very verge of their fulfillment,
of what deep moment, what living interest, are these delineations of the things
to come—events for which, since our first parents turned their steps
from Eden, God’s children have watched and waited, longed and prayed!
Fellow pilgrim, we are still amid the shadows and turmoil
of earthly activities; but soon our Saviour is to appear to bring deliverance
and rest. Let us by faith behold the blessed hereafter as pictured by the
hand of God. He who died for the sins of the world is opening wide the gates
of Paradise to all who believe on Him. Soon the battle will have been fought,
the victory won. Soon we shall see Him in whom our hopes of eternal life are
centered. And in His presence the trials and sufferings of this life will
seem as nothingness. The former things “shall not be remembered, nor
come into mind.” “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which
hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after
ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little
while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” “Israel
shall be saved . . . with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed
nor confounded world without end.”
Look up, look up, and let your faith continually increase.
Let this faith guide you along the narrow path that leads through the gates
of the city into the great beyond, the wide, unbounded future of glory that
is for the redeemed.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 223, 224..