God promises that nothing shall hurt or destroy in all His holy mountain (Isaiah 11:9). That’s a description of Heaven, a place where we will find perfect peace. There will be no more cares or sorrows or pain or death, and God will wipe away all the tears from our eyes (Revelation 21:4; 7:17). Happiness will fill our lives forever. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? But God doesn’t want us to have to wait until we pass through Heaven’s pearly gates to begin to enjoy such wonders. We can have a taste of that freedom, that deliverance from our problems, that joy, that place of love and peace right now. You and your children can have a touch of Heaven in your home, today. “The path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day” (Proverbs 4:18).
God knows we live in troubled times. He knows life is sometimes very difficult for us, and that it’s especially difficult to try to raise children in a godly manner when so much around them in society seems to cry out the opposite. But the difficulties also shape and strengthen our character and draw us closer to God in our hour of need. And as we learn to reach out to Him with the hand of faith, He will ease our burdens and cause His love and light to fill our lives to overflowing.
As you look to the One who cares for you as His child, He’ll keep you from faltering. As you do what you can to follow His counsel, God will bless the works of your hands, and He will bless your children. As you drink deeply of the Water of Life—God’s Word—you will find a great refreshing to your soul. As you do your part to live close to Him, He will come and make your heart His home.
“If anyone loves Me [Jesus], he will keep My Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him” (John 14:23).
“Because you are sons [of God], God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts” (Galatians 4:6).
“Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands, you shall be happy, and it shall be well with you. Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine in the very heart of your house, your children like olive plants all around your table” (Psalm 128:1-3).
Many years ago, a farmer had an unusually fine crop of wheat. Just a few days before harvest, there was a terrible hail and windstorm. The entire crop was demolished.
After the storm was over, the farmer and his young son went out on the porch. The little boy looked at what was formerly the beautiful field of wheat, and then with tears in his eyes he looked up at his dad, expecting to hear words of despair. Instead, his father started to sing softly, “Rock of ages, cleft for me, let me hide myself in Thee.”
Years later, the son recounted the incident and ended by saying, “That was the greatest sermon I ever heard.”
The farmer had lost a valuable grain crop, but who knows but that incident was a turning point in the boy’s life? He had seen his father’s faith in practice.
I have seed to raise and I plough the field
And I plant my crops with care,
And I thank the Lord for the rain He sends
As I watch them growing there.
But I don’t sit down with a book by day,
And let my crops run wild,
For crops won’t grow by themselves, I know;
Is it different with a child?
—Edgar A. Guest
His little arms crept ‘round my neck,
and then I heard him say,
Four simple words I can’t forget,
four words that made me pray.
They turned a mirror on my soul,
on secrets no one knew,
They startled me, I hear them yet—
he said, “I’ll be like you!”