The glory of a new heaven and new earth is often lost on us. Contrary to the fallen kingdoms chronicled in Daniel’s vision, the glory of our eternal dwelling place is unparalleled. With a dominion that will last forever, Jesus Christ will restore what was lost in the garden of Eden. He will dwell among us as our God, and the wounds of our fallen past will be wiped away. With the curse removed, we will enjoy the presence of our God like never before. Through Daniel’s interpretation of his vision, we learn that earthly realities will get much worse before they improve. But history is working toward the day when the Lamb who died to take away our sins is enthroned on high for all to see. How are we to live in the meantime? What do these realities mean for us today? First, they remind us that no sacrifice is too great in order to follow our King. Second, we rest knowing that our heartaches and troubles are temporary and soon will pass. Finally, we devote our lives to helping others discover the hope and rescue that is ours in Christ Jesus.
How do your temporary trials strengthen your perspective about eternity?