Each one of us is on a journey to our final, and eternal, destination. As Christians, we live with the confident assurance that our eternal home is with God. But, we’re not home yet and there is a life to be lived as we journey toward heaven. It is my prayer that this series of devotions will help you discover not only a glimpse of heaven, but that it would prepare you to more fully live like you are home even as you continue the journey.
This is day twenty-two from the devotional journal, “Almost Heaven: Devotions For the Journey Home”. Each of these devotions are designed to help a person spend time with God in the process of discovering how He would have us to live as we prepare for an eternal home.
A Home Of Rescue
“The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia — your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead — Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.“
1 Thessalonians 1:8-10 (NIV)
Have you ever been stranded and have to call someone to come rescue you? How did you feel? How much time did you spend trying to figure your own way out of it before calling for help? How difficult was it to admit you needed help? How did you feel about being rescued? Was the relief of being rescued greater than the embarrassment of being stuck and in need of help? Does the attitude of the one rescuing you influence how you feel about needing rescued?
After spending a weekend teaching at a church, I headed home late at night only to have my car break down an hour into my six hour drive home. I popped the hood and fiddled around for a while before finally deciding it was hopeless and I needed rescued. I made a phone call to the family I knew in the town where I had been staying and was greatly relieved when they said they were on their way and even more relieved when their car pulled up behind me some time later. As you pray, ask God to help you comprehend your need to be rescued by Him. Pray that you would know the home you’re headed to as one that has rescued you.