September 14, Saturday

Today’s Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend, written by Pastor Ryun Chang, was originally posted on February 15, 2013.


Spiritual Food for Thought for the Weekend

“Which is Your Heaven?”

Psalm 17:13-15

Rise up, O Lord, confront them, bring them down; rescue me from the wicked by your sword. 14 O Lord, by your hand save me from such men, from men of this world whose reward is in this life.  You still the hunger of those you cherish; their sons have plenty, and they store up wealth for their children. 15 And I—in righteousness I will see your face; when I awake, I will be satisfied with seeing your likeness.

The New Atheist, Richard Dawkins, told a story of a clergy who told his dying colleague, “Congratulations! I wish I was coming with you.”  Noting that this clergy seemed like a sincere believer, Dawkins, who penned a bestseller entitled, “The God Delusion,” said, “It is precisely because it’s so rare that his story catches our attention.  Could it be that [religious people] don’t believe all that stuff they pretend to believe?”  

Is this true?  To some extent, yes, especially for Americans whose heaven is the good old USA, the land of abundance and prosperity where those deemed as poor there still crack the list of the top 1% income earners when globally compared ($34,000 is all it takes).  But, still not satisfied, one reason we do not yearn for heaven is because believers are more enamored by men of this world who are getting all their “rewards” now, than the rewards of seeing God’s face; so, we want more, now! David, always yearning to worship Him, ultimately found this satisfaction when, upon dying, awoke in heaven and saw the face of God.  Yes, “better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Ps. 84:10).

Do you yearn to meet Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, President Obama or his better half Michelle, (or, even Trump) or Jesus Christ?  What does that say about you?  

Prayer: My precious, righteous, and loving God, I yearn to see Your face: I thirst for Your presence, and I hunger for Your word!  Who in this world can quench this longing in the depth of my being? Oh LORD, help me to place my hope in Your grace and mercy instead of the fleeting wealth, fame, and power of those whose reward is in this life.  Amen.

Bible Reading for Today: Matthew 10-11

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