The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. - Matthew 13:44 ESV
At 55 years old in a multi-generational church, I see firsthand the aging and disintegration process of the human body. I have known many people with cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and other physical ailments. I have been to many funerals. The blessing in this is that it helps to make clear the reality that this world is no one’s home. As one hymn puts it, “We are just passing through!”
The other clear reality is that we cannot find lasting hope and peace in the pleasures and comforts of this world. Eventually the pleasures of this world cease to bring pleasure, and the comforts of this world cease to bring comfort. Will we not all encounter the painful decay of the body? Will we not all encounter death? Has anyone avoided these realities?
Yet there is a true source of satisfaction and peace that is not overcome by the inevitable decay of the body! Listen to the apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18: “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen . . . . For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”
God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit dwell outside of our physical view, yet are eternally existent and present at all times and in all places. Their unseen, heavenly abode is the perfect, joy-filled home of all who have trusted in Jesus to save them. If we wish to find comfort, peace, and joy that remain in the midst of the afflictions, losses, and death of this life, we must believe in the unseen God and the saving work of His Son!
New Life Church
One-Year Bible Reading
1 Kings 9:1-10:29