Unlimited: There’ll Be Many Surprises in Heaven
Jun 22, 2020 1465
If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? (Psalm 130:3, NKJV).
What can be said to those millions of grieving Christians who have a question about the eternal destiny of a loved one? As a gnat cannot swallow the Atlantic, neither can anyone comprehend all the purposes and all the knowledge of God, and all His plans.
We have a loving Saviour who came to seek and save the lost. God’s mercy is infinite. When we lose a loved one, we look at their life, and sometimes the bad stands out. However, unless what Psalm 130:3 says about God is true, we’re all done for. Of course, the good news of that text is that it is saying that God delights in forgiveness.
When Christ tells us that we are to forgive seventy times seven, it’s what that tells us about God that is more encouraging than what it tells us about our duty. It tells us that God forgives infinitely if we seek his forgiveness.
We are forbidden in Scripture to judge the hearts of men, because we cannot know their motives (1 Corinthians 4:5). We shouldn’t be dogmatic about how it’s going to turn out for others in eternity. Only God knows. The salvation of many is going to be an absolute surprise to all of the rest of the saved.
– Des Ford (adapted)
Eli’s Reflection: Would you back your judgment or God’s? Think of someone close to you whom you desperately hope will be in heaven, but you fear might not be. Why not be at peace and trust in God’s love and mercy that are beyond your greatest imaginings?