By Donna Wittlif
"And the God of all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, establish, strengthen you" (1 Peter 5:10, ASV).
She was ninety years old and feeble, shut up in a nursing home. Angry and bitter, she had few friends there. Yes, family and church members came to see her, but she didn't enjoy their visits. Although she had served God faithfully, He had forsaken her. At least she thought He had forsaken her, but in her anger and disappointment, she had forsaken Him. She had gone blind, and to her, it was all God's fault.
No, she couldn't see. She couldn't look back and see all the times God had blessed her. He had given her a Christian husband, children, and the needed material things for her life.
She didn't remember that God had blessed her with all spiritual blessings. Through Jesus she had forgiveness of sins, and therefore, could be free from guilt. She could claim the righteousness of Jesus for her own and stand before God. She had God's care and comfort during her life. If only she could look back and remember all these things.
But most sadly, she couldn't look forward with hope to sharing in Christ's glory with God. Surely it would be only a few short years before she would have a new body free from pain. Her new eyes would behold the things that God had prepared for her. Since she had forsaken God, she would never know the glories and wonders of God in heaven, things so wonderful that no one can even imagine them.
Can you see the blessings of God in your life? Can you see His wonderful promises through faith? May you never lose that hope.
- Donna Wittlif, the founder and first editor of BulletinGold, lives in Denver, CO. Donna is also a writer of fiction. Her novels, World Eternal: Promises and World Eternal: Proselytes, and World Eternal: Perils, and her newest book, Finding Her Heart, are available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other book outlets. For more information visit her website. http://www.donnarwittlif.com/