I’ve been sick for a while. While I was simply trying to function, blogging was beyond the scope of possibility. This morning is the first day I have been mentally/physically able to read the Word in quit some time, and as always, God was there. Waiting.
Sickness has a way of making it feel as though weakness is the reality in which you live. Then I read the words in 2 Cor. 5 that speak of the way our tents groan; being burdened, because we long to be clothed in immortality, which God has already prepared. It reminds me that all of us groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven. This weakness is just part of my groaning.
Reality is that while we are at ‘home’ here on this earth, we are absent from the Lord, and nothing will ever be perfect until we are present with Him. Reality is that there is something wonderful awaiting us.
Verse 16 says, “we regard no one according to the flesh.” Vs. 17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.” I cannot regard myself or my reality according to the flesh. My flesh may be weak, but that does not cancel out the fact that I am a temple of the living God.
I think it’s significant that 2 years to the day that I was re-baptized, I wound up in the ER. Sept. 18, 2013, I was re-baptized to publicly make known that no matter what struggles I may have been presented within my body, the Lord was and will continue to be my God.
2 years later I was lying in the ER, barely able to hold myself up. Weak as I may have been, I am still a new creation. I may have dark, sunken skin around my eyes right now, but through Christ Jesus, all things in my life have become new. I may have physical issues that I continue to carry around, but my sins are no longer imputed to me because my Savior bore them upon Himself at Calvary.
Reality isn’t what we see or feel on this earth. Reality is God. Reality is that our Savior took the sins from all of us, offering forgiveness and salvation to all who will believe in Him and call Him Lord. Reality is that one day soon God will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death, sorrow, or crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things will have completely passed away.
No matter your struggles or weaknesses here on this earth, remember that there is so much more to your reality. Christ WILL appear a second time, and your groaning will end.
Thank you for this guarantee, Holy Spirit,