And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. Revelation 22:4.
We cannot now see the glory of God, but it is only by receiving Him here that we shall be able by and by to see Him face to face. God would have us keep our eyes fixed on Him, that we may lose sight of the things of this world. We have . . . no time for any of us to delay that preparation which will enable us to see the face of God. . . .
Only by looking to Jesus, the Lamb of God, and following in His steps, can you prepare to meet God. Follow Him, and you will one day walk the golden streets of the city of God. You will see Him who laid aside His royal garments and His kingly crown, and disguising Himself with humanity, came to our world and bore our sins, that He might lift us up and give us a revelation of His glory and majesty. We shall see Him face to face if we now give ourselves up to be molded and fashioned by Him and prepared for a place in the kingdom of God.
Those who consecrate their lives to the service of God will live with Him through the ceaseless ages of eternity. “God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:3). . . .
Their minds were given to God in this world; they served Him with their heart and intellect, and now He can put His name in their foreheads. “And there shall no night there; . . . for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 22:5). They do not go in as those that beg a place there, for Christ says to them, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). He takes them as His children, saying, Enter ye into the joy of your Lord. The crown of immortality is placed on the brow of the overcomers. They take their crowns and cast them at the feet of Jesus, and touching their golden harps, they fill all heaven with rich music in songs of praise to the Lamb. Then “they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”
That I May Know Him p. 364
—–Please keep my little Noah in your prayers. He is spending the night at the hospital, under observation. They don’t know if it’s his Appendix or something else, that is causing severe abdominal pain. Diane
Some years ago when we had guinea pigs instead of dogs, Ron was kneeling on the floor with his knees spread several inches apart. We had just put our two guinea pigs, Butterscotch and Cocoa, on the floor for a few minutes. Butterscotch spotted the opening under Ron and decided that would be a perfect cave to take a nap in. Moments later, Cocoa had the same idea. Those two guinea pigs began to make their angry noise at each other. No doubt Butterscotch was declaring, “This is my cave. I got here first.” Cocoa responded in a similar way. The matter was solved, however, when Ron got up and walked away. How surprised they must have been!
How many times we focus on the things of this world. How often we fight over things that will soon pass away just as did our pets. Indeed, Jesus tells us, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.” Luke 21:33-36
James reminds us, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time , and then vanisheth away.” James 4:14 John agrees, “all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” 1 John 2:16,17 In view of this, Paul admonishes, “be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; . . .do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” 1 Tim 6:17-19 Peter goes into more detail, “the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; [suddenly, unexpectedly] in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:10-13
Jesus is coming soon! This old world and all that is in it will disappear just as quickly as that “cave” disappeared when Ron stood up. Yes, the nations of this world will pass away, but only our Great Creator’s “dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.” Soon the “God of heaven [will] set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.” Dan 7:14; 2:44
May we all be ready for the great day when Jesus will put an end to the “cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches.” Mark 4:19 May we soon look up and say, “Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isa 25:9 May the time come soon when “God shall wipe away all tears from [our] eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain.” Rev 21:4