No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass. Revelation 21:21
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – A.W. Tozer
I didn’t grow up in the church, so my ideas about God came from my own imagination. As a kid, I came to the conclusion that while God made the world, He then stepped aside to let us humans figure things out. Some nights as I lay awake trying to grasp the concept of eternity, I saw myself hurling through space, inky blackness all around me, no destination or God in sight.
If what I think about God is the most important thing about me, those thoughts manifested in a lot of fear and dread. Most of my behaviors, even the good ones, were self-protective, because who wants to die and be flung through darkness forever?
I’m grateful to have learned that my thoughts were wrong. The truth is I have a personal, loving God who knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13), knows the number of hairs on my head (Luke 12:7), and sent His own Son to swallow up death for all time (Isaiah 25:8).
Such poetry makes my heart leap! But God didn’t stop there.
When I studied Revelation through Bible Study Fellowship a few years ago, I learned how the end of this world will usher in a new heaven and earth beyond our imaginations. Here are two pretty amazing details, from Revelation 21:
- Twelve massive gates, each carved from a single pearl
- Streets made not from the opaque gold we’re familiar with, but gold as pure as transparent glass
As my Bible Study Fellowship notes put it: “The Holy City showcases the person of God Himself together with his perfect craftsmanship — resplendent, glorious and of infinite worth.”
Having an accurate and vivid picture of God can be a treasure to us in daily life. If we know God cares about every hair on our heads, and that He is preparing a beautiful forever-home for His children, we can let go of all fear. We are free to step out of self-protection mode to forgive people, to endure hardship, to try new things and to love with abandon.
- When was the last time you allowed yourself to dwell on God’s glory?
- How would doing so help you in your day-to-day living?
Dear Father in Heaven, everything You’ve done here on earth is incredible, and what You have in store for us in heaven is even more amazing. You care about the tiniest details of our lives as well as the big-picture implications of what we believe. Guide us to Your glory. Inspire our imaginations so we can enjoy You and reflect Your glory in all we do. Thank you for being our personal, precious God! Amen.
PC3 writer Katy Davis wrote today’s devotional.