This is the 4th post in a series on Hope When the Pain Doesn’t Go Away
Where do we find our hope in the midst of chronic pain?
We find it in choice and change, in the small steps we take each day.
We find it in considering the possibility of a better earthly future.
We find it in strength for the present.
And we next find hope in God’s promise of renewed bodies and an eternal future.
On earth, we have hope that God will give us strength to endure these broken bodies, but as we look to heaven, we have hope that our broken bodies will be delivered, redeemed, and changed.
Who will deliver us from these bodies of death? These bodies that house our sinful nature and enact the sins of the heart. Who will deliver us from these bodies of pain? These broken, wounded, feeble bodies that long to be clothed with the eternal and incorruptible.
Only God himself. One day we will leave this earthly body and live as an eternal body made for us by God himself. Is there anything more hopeful? At our death or at the Lord’s return, each will face the King. And in an instant, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, we will be changed. Our new body will be incorruptible, glorious, powerful, and spiritual. Now we bear the image of the man of dust, but then we will bear the image of the heavenly Man. One day, we shall live with Christ and be like him.
Not only do we get to hope and wait for this change, but God actually instructs us to groan and actively long for the changing of our bodies. No longer will our bodies be weak. No longer will our bodies be in pain. For when he comes,
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened and the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then will the lame leap like a deer, and the mute tongue shout for joy.
When he comes, for all who love him, for all who call on his name, for all who believe and are covered by the blood of the Lamb, we will be transformed into the glorious likeness of Jesus. Then will we be swallowed up by life. Then will we leave our weariness behind and put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing.
Is there anything more hopeful? Is there anything more hopeful than God’s promise that those who love the Lord and call upon his name are guaranteed freedom from these earthly bodies that hurt and harm us? Is there anything more hopeful than the guarantee that one day our dying bodies will be swallowed by life, not wallowed in sickness, but swallowed in life?
We wait in eager expectation. We know what happens at the end. In all of the pain we have something to look forward to, something that keeps us going when our lives go to destruction. Each and every day, we are reminded that this is not how our story ends. When the pain does not go away in this lifetime, it will go away in the next.
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