Heaven Can Wait
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9
Yesterday, the Scripture and commentary in the Daily Devotion was all about burial, cremation, and what will happen to us after we die. Some people worry about this more than others, and a few people worry about it a great deal. Well - you don't have to worry! If you have enough faith in God to believe that something is going to happen to you after you die, then you have enough faith to accept that this “something” is going to be something wonderful beyond your expectations.
And in case you don't take it for granted, it is right in the Bible. We have used the King James Version of this quote because it is so beautiful; in fact, I want to repeat it: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”
The first two are easy enough. What you will see after you die, in heaven, is more beautiful than anything you have ever seen on earth. What you hear will be more beautiful than anything you have heard. I don't know about you, but I have seen and heard some beautiful things in my life, and the thought that I am going to get to see and hear things more wonderful — well, that's worth looking forward to.
The KJV reflects the poetic feel of the Greek in saying, “neither have entered into the heart of man”. We can no more appreciate heaven than a blind man can appreciate a painting. We simply are not equipped. Our minds, our imaginations, cannot grasp the raw power and beauty of God, in His perfect truth and love. Representations of heaven in movies usually are blandly pretty and boring, with harp music that sounds like something a dentist would play to relax you. This has absolutely nothing to do with what we will experience.
Heaven cannot be represented. We have taken God in faith and we can have full faith in this: It will be so good that it is beyond our experience and beyond our imagination.
Lord, let me always have faith in the reward you have promised to the faithful. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer