Lately, I’ve been longing for home. I’ve grown so weary of the trials and temptations and suffering and sin and death that characterizes this world we live in, that my longing for heavenly home is stronger now than it’s ever been. I know it’s good to keep my eyes on the prize, and I’ve recently heard that it’s impossible to be too heavenly minded to be any earthly good. But is it possible that longing for the end for which I was created can breed discontentment in me? I don’t know, I certainly hope not.
But I do know that reading this in “A Sweet and Bitter Providence” inspired in me great comfort and hope in Christ, my savior.
“At one level, the message of the book of Ruth is that the life of the godly is not a straight line to glory, but they do get there. The life of the godly is not an Interstate through Nebraska, but a state road through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee. There are rockslides and precipices and dark mists and bears and slippery curves and hairpin turns that make you go backward in order to go forward. But all along this hazardous, twisted road that doesn’t let you see very far ahead, there are frequent signs that say, “The best is yet to come.” Taken as a whole, the book of Ruth is one of those signs. It was written to give us encouragement and hope that all the perplexing turns in our lives are going somewhere good. They do not lead off a cliff. In all the set-backs of our lives as believers, God is plotting for our joy.”
I don’t think Paul was discontent when he said he was hard pressed between departing to be with Christ and remaining in the flesh for the sake of the saints. Nor when he concluded that he would remain “for your progress and joy in the faith.” So here’s to striving for Philippians 1 homesickness.
Music: Matthew Smith – “The Lord Will Provide” (Great song, check it out.)