- Revelation 21:4
Samwise Gamgee, the real hero in the Lord of the Rings saga, wakes to find his friends surrounding him, and he exclaims:
"Gandalf! I thought you were dead! But then I thought I was dead! Is everything sad going to come untrue?"
The answer is yes. Everything sad is going to come untrue. All evil is going to be undone.
God is not simply going to dull the pain. God is not going to cover up the pain. God is not going to soothe us or offset our pain. No, every bad thing you have ever experienced will be transmuted into greater joy.
Every problem. Every wrong. Every evil is going to be undone…not simply covered up, but undone.
Somehow, everything is going to become better because it wasn't right.
Somehow, our suffering and brokenness will make the renewal of all things more glorious.
Tim Keller once said, "God knows and feels what we do. He too wants to see it rewound and replayed differently. He has known grief and sadness, He has wept, He has suffered, He too has died. And because of this, because of a God who came to dwell with us, was broken, died and then rose again whole and holy, we are assured, in His time, everything sad is going to come untrue."
Take heart in knowing that God knows your pain. He knows your suffering.
The day may be dark, but light is coming. We may be in the midst of a storm, but new and better seas are ahead.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. And he who was seated on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new. Also he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true" (Revelation 21: 4-5).
One day our tears, grief, and pain will be nonexistent— not even a memory. It will be a new day, a better day. May it quickly come!
Your prayer this morning, "Lord, I believe everything sad is going to come untrue. Hold me fast until that day."
Paper Sunday is blessed to collaborate with Chris Harper on today's devotional!
Chris Harper is a speaker, writer, and disciple-maker. Chris is President of 252Edu, a consulting firm based in Dallas, Texas. Chris serves schools, churches, and non-profits by helping them "grow in wisdom, favor and stature with God and man.”
When not taking ground for King Jesus, you can find Chris on the basketball court playing a pick-up game. Chris is a sneakerhead, an avid reader, and loves a good cheeseburger. You can follow him @252consulting on Instagram.