1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
I am sure everybody has heard expressions such as, “It’s always something,” or has heard references to “Murphy’s Law,” or the idea that anything that can go wrong, will. At the other end of this spectrum, we all know of one rather famous “preacher” who tries to tell us all how to have “Our best life now!” The honest truth is that, for most people, the first end of the possibilities applies. God has never promised His children a trial free life, and most of us can attest to that from experience. Oftentimes that experience is beyond painful.
It does seem to always be something, and if this life IS the best we have to live with, then for many that would be a truly hopeless life. Paul wrote the church at Thessalonica, and offered his words to provide comfort to struggling believers. Friends, even if your life is grand the idea that this is the best it will ever be should be a hopeless thought in and of itself. Sometimes believers suffer, and those who reject have seemingly wonderful lives. For the believer, however, this life is not the best it will be.
For the believer some things are true. If life is grand in this world, in eternity it will be grand beyond our ability to measure it. If life is not so grand, or even downright painful, then the end result eternally is exactly the same; the promise of joy beyond our ability to measure it.