As I was laying in my room tonight, I was debating whether I should read or watch tv and ultimately decided to read. I just got a new book “As it is in heaven,” by Greg Laurie and was sort of hesitant but excited to read it at the same time. Not really knowing much about it I opened it and began to read. One of the first verses that was referred to was the Lord’s Prayer which in itself has reduced me to tears ever since my grandpa passed away. Laurie asks have you ever thought of what it actually means to do the Lord’s will on earth as it is in heaven? He continued by focusing on what God’s will for our lives actually is. Romans 15:32 “So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and be refreshed in your company.” One of God’s many wills for us is to be surrounded by fellow believers and be refreshed by his spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” One of the main reasons for our existence pointed out within the book is to bring God glory and pleasure. Revelation 5:12-14 “In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.” If we praise God in all that we do on earth we will surely be completing his will on earth as he has done in heaven. Later on Laurie pointed out how we are all immortal and will live forever but with the need to answer the question where will we live forever; heaven or hell? He goes on to say how when Christians die they go straight to heaven. This reminded me of one of the last conversations I had with my grandpa while we were alone in his hospital room. It was just him and I in the room and he looked at me and asked me if I had ever wondered what crossing over into heaven would be like and I told him I had never really thought about it. I proceeded to ask him if he had ever thought about what it would be like crossing over into heaven and he replied I think it would be fun.
As I continued to read I was encouraged by these passages:
Psalms 42:3-6 “My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me all day long,
“Where is your God?”
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One[d]
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God. My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you
from the land of the Jordan,
the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar.”
1 Peter 4:12 “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. “
John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Romans 5: 3-5 “Not only so, but we[c] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.“
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Everyone grieves differently but find hope in God and things will get easier.