Jump to Prayer FocusBible Passage for Meditation: Isaiah 65:17-25
Key Verse: “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.” Isaiah 65:21
When I was a child, maybe somewhere between ten and twelve years old, my mother struggled with serious health problems that caused her a lot of pain. To help pass the painful days, she often called my cousins and me together and said, “Why don’t we take turns dreaming about what heaven will be like.” And so, in my imagination, I began planning exotic heavenly adventures. One thing I most enjoyed dreaming about was building my heavenly mansion.
I still remember it to this day. My mansion was high up on the edge of a mountain overlooking a beautiful lake and a valley full of vibrant colors. I didn’t need a road down the mountain because I could fly. One unique feature of my mountaintop home was that it had clear double-paned glass walls through which flowed a sparkling stream as it headed down the mountain. This stream contained an assortment of beautiful exotic fish, so my walls were actually a constantly changing aquarium. I also had fruit trees overhanging my walls and ceiling, so all I needed to do was reach up and pick what I wanted to eat. My dreams went on and on.
Many may smile at such childhood fantasies, but have you have ever stopped to seriously consider what your heavenly home will be like? It’s going to be much better than any fantasy you might dream up. In fact, I really believe that if we spent more time contemplating our heavenly home, we would spend much less time investing in and wasting our time on the fleeting pleasures of earth.
Inspiration tells us, “A fear of making the future inheritance seem too material has led many to spiritualize away the very truths which lead us to look upon it as our home. Christ assured His disciples that He went to prepare mansions for them in the Father’s house. Those who accept the teachings of God’s word will not be wholly ignorant concerning the heavenly abode. And yet, ‘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. Human language is inadequate to describe the reward of the righteous. It will be known only to those who behold it. No finite mind can comprehend the glory of the Paradise of God” (The Great Controversy, pp. 674, 675).
Rather than getting stuck in the lowlands of earth and wasting our energy on treasures that will rust and rot away, let us prepare for eternity by laying up treasures in heaven. As the Bible tells us, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (see Matthew 6:19-21).
“[In Heaven] the grandest enterprises may be carried forward, the loftiest aspirations reached, the highest ambitions realized; and still there will arise new heights to surmount, new wonders to admire, new truths to comprehend, fresh objects to call forth the powers of mind and soul and body” (The Great Controversy, p. 677).
The final ten days of devotionals for this 100 Days of Prayer will focus on preparing for heaven. As we pray for our church, may we turn our gaze to our heavenly paradise, the place where “the wide-spreading plains swell into hills of beauty, and the mountains of God rear their lofty summits. On those peaceful plains, beside those living streams, God’s people, so long pilgrims and wanderers, shall find a home” (The Great Controversy, p. 675).
Heart Prayer Challenge:
Dear Heavenly Father, forgive us for all too often allowing our gaze to get stuck in the lowlands of earth. Forgive us for focusing on temporal rather than eternal treasures. Help us to keep our eyes on You and the glorious reward that You have prepared for the faithful. We know the enemy is doing everything he can to discourage and test us, but You promise in Your Word that “the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18). Please help us to hold on until You bring us safely home! In Jesus’ precious name, Amen.
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