This week has been a whirlwind. My best friend, Casey, lost her sweet little baby boy, Asher, last Saturday night. We had prayed for him for many months while he was in the womb, knowing that he had some health concerns that could be fatal upon arrival into this world. The results were not what we had prayed for, nor what we had hoped.
The reason I want to post is to share that though the results were not what we had hoped, we still hope! We trust God! I have seen my best friend respond with faith, hope, and trust in God her creator. Because we believe that God is the creator of life, we trust that he created Asher. Though we don’t understand why Asher couldn’t live, we can still trust God who is no less good or faithful to us, his children, than he has always been. The Bible teaches us that death is a result of sin in this world (our world was perfect when God created it, but when the first man and woman sinned, sin then corrupted and pervaded the whole world). But we cling to a promise.
Actually, there are many wonderful promises in the Scriptures that we cling to. There is the promise of God’s presence with those who are His children. The Holy Spirit, who is God, dwells within everyone who trusts in Christ, comforting, aiding, and guiding us in this life. Another promise that has been so comforting to me during this time is the promise of eternity! The Bible teaches that the whole earth will be renewed one day, and that the knowledge of the glory of God will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. All that is evil, all that is out of sorts due to sin, will be made right. There will be a new heavens and a new earth… this earth will not be as we know it now, but will be like it was in the beginning. It will be perfect and complete. There will be no more death, dying, or pain… and no more sin… and Satan himself will be defeated for all eternity. The promise of this new creation brings great hope for me. I long for things to be made right. Even the creation longs for this redemption and renewal (Romans 8). This will happen with the coming of Christ, our God and King.
His return is another promise that we trust and wait for. When he died on the cross, he defeated sin and death. Though for a time we still experience sin and death in this life, we can trust Jesus’ work on the cross. He did not stay dead; he rose from the grave, showing us that death was defeated. And so we wait for the day that He returns because that is when we will see Him fully, be with Him fully, know Him fully, and the absence of sin and death will be a forever reality for those who are in Him.
“But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3.13). Though we must wait, I thank God for His timing and His patience. Just as the Scriptures promise this hope of redemption and renewal for those who trust Him, there is also a promise of destruction for those who do not. The Scriptures tell us that God is patient in His return because He wants none to perish. As we await His return, others have the opportunity to place their trust in Christ, and so share in these wonderful promises with us. “The Lord is not slow to fulfill His promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance” (2 Peter 3.9). I pray that many will realize the truth of the Gospel, repent from their sins, and join us in the promises of life forevermore.
“For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” – Habakkuk 2.14
In the mean time…
“Thought the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.”
For the baby Asher’s story, see Casey’s baby blog- caseychappell.typepad.com/baby/