Duration: 365 days
JUST A BREATH AWAY
Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 25:1–9
So what’s your day been like so far? Got lots of plans on the horizon? Perhaps you’re reading this in the morning, looking forward to a full schedule at your job. Maybe you’re on vacation, and in a few minutes you’ll be out the door to take your kids to enjoy a fun activity. Or perhaps you’re reading this in the evening, after expending your energy all day in pursuit of a living.
Whatever situation you’re in, take a moment to reflect right now on how much you’ve thought about breathing today. Perhaps you live in a colder region and saw your breath this morning as you hustled from your car to your work building. Or if you’re a guy who works out on a regular basis, you may have tracked your breathing as you went on that long run or worked the cardio machines. But most of us don’t think too much about inhaling and exhaling. After all, it’s just another day to be alive and productive, right?
This glib assessment makes sense until you’re driving toward a busy intersection and see the flashing lights of emergency equipment. You pass slowly by, trying not to gawk at the shattered glass and twisted metal. And if you’re there at the wrong time, you may catch a glimpse of a victim being wheeled away. At these times, we can’t help but think, “Wow, had I been here a few minutes earlier, that could have been me.” That’s when we realize that a mere breath separates us from eternity. That’s when we pause to think that one day we’ll relocate from here to there, whisked away like morning mist. Sometimes, if we turn off the radio, we might think about what it will be like, making that transition. For those of us who believe in the saving grace of Jesus, we may even look toward the new heaven and a renewed earth with earnest expectation.
This passage calls us, as it did its original readers, to imagine realization of the hope we have for a time in the future when God, the One who “will wipe away the tears from all faces” will be known to all. Then we will join in with those who have gone before us, declaring, “Surely this is our God; we trusted in him, and he saved us.”
On that day God will silence the critical voices playing in our heads. The incessant screeching will halt. Heated words will no longer scald us and angry detractors no longer harm us.
More importantly, God will finally receive his due place of honor. Those who now curse his name and deny his existence will revere him. True peace will reign. He’ll fill us fully with what’s good and wholesome, right and true. And awestruck silence will give way to cheers of gratitude for the heavenly home before us.
To Take Away
- What earthly things do you wish God would eliminate already now? Why?
- What aspects of eternity do you get most excited about?
- How well do you obey God’s command to “set your hearts on things above, where Christ is” (Colossians 3:1)?
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