“In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?”
Amidst The Unknown
You’ve probably felt that spike of fear when your “shortcut” leads you down isolated roads, heading the wrong direction, and forgotten by modern maps. Or maybe your dark unknown is a health crisis with lifelong consequences or a series of catastrophes leaving you financially or emotionally depleted with nowhere to turn for solace.
It’s easy to imagine the disciples felt a similar dread when their beloved Teacher announced He was soon going to a place where they could not follow (see John 13:33). I’m sure they were devastated. After all, Jesus was supposed to be the king who would deliver them from the oppression of the Romans! Now where would they turn?
A Message of Hope
This is why He consoled them—and us—with the assurance that He is going to prepare a place for us. Yes, the times are dark. Yes, we face painful circumstances and threatening unknowns. But the promise Jesus spoke should give us hope.
Though there are many obstacles in our journey ahead, if we are in Christ, we may rest assured that the end of our road will bring us to a place of eternal rest. His promises for us stem onward, upward, and into eternity.
Lean In and Rejoice
He is preparing a place for His faithful servants. Because of this promise, we can keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, enduring dark times without growing weary or fainthearted. Instead, we lean into suffering along with Him with the assurance that we will one day also be glorified with Him.
The road ahead may be steep and fraught with danger and uncertainty, but knowing our ultimate destination is one of eternal joy in fellowship with Jesus can sustain us through it. Keep your eyes fixed on the destination, weary traveler, and we will all rejoice together in the end!
Ask yourself: Do I have the assurance of my eternal destination? Spend some time meditating on the promises of joy we have in Jesus, despite the difficulties you face. Memorize Hebrews 12:1-3 or Romans 8:16-19 to help you face hard times with hope. Remember to share your hope in Christ with other sufferers whom God brings into your life.