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Monday, December 16, 2013

Only A Rehearsal for Heaven

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed" (Romans 8:18)

God's loving motive [in discipline] is to bring us into total harmony with Himself so that moral power and holy usefulness become ours in this world and in the world to come.

My mind returns frequently to some of the old Christian saints who often prayed in their faith, "O God, we know this world is only a dressing room for the heaven to come!" They were very close to the truth in their vision of what God has planned for His children.

In summary: Down here the orchestra merely rehearses; over there we will give the concert. Here, we ready our garments of righteousness; over there we will wear them at the wedding of the Lamb.

God's richest blessings often require not only sacrifice, suffering and conflict, but long delay and patient waiting. But the blessing grows with the delay. The interest gathers with the extended time, and God's ratio is always compound interest.

~A. W. Tozer~

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