I want to focus on the final element of that last sentence: relief. I have a long-standing belief that relief is the most powerful emotion one can experience. I say experience because you don't just 'feel' relief. You savor every beautiful inch of it. Relief comes in many forms. Maybe you have a brief scare, an adrenaline pump followed by a settling of the stomach. I had this recently when my 2-month-old baby boy was given a medical check, and we were casually enlightened of what sounded like incredibly alarming news. It was only after I spoke to my Father, a doctor, that I was reassured and granted that 'sigh of relief.'
There will be many Floridian's breathing that sigh of relief when they emerge from their homes unscathed in a couple of days. I'm praying that will be the experience of the masses. Indeed, it will be a moment to celebrate. But what about the next hurricane? The next health crisis? The next military standoff?
Friends, we must understand that relief on this earth is fleeting. And if we live in the anticipation of the next catastrophe, we will never be free. I believe a living and breathing faith in Jesus Christ is the answer to this troubling conundrum. He does not promise an easy life, but He promises to go with us into the battlegrounds of darkness, and most importantly, He promises to never, ever leave us (Matthew 28:20). What a wonderful reassurance to live with!
Oh, and the final ending for those who place their trust in Christ? The greatest relief you will ever experience...ad Infinitum.
See, one day, we will all breathe deeply the true and unadulterated Kingdom of Heaven. Yes, we are gifted glimpses on earth, and we should be incredibly thankful for those moments. But on that final day, our stifled Earthly lungs will be filled full with thick, joy-infused air that will never go thin. There will be no future catastrophe to occupy our minds or steal our euphoria. The pleasure will be unending. I look forward to that day. Do you?
"The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life." - Job 33:4
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