We end up looking for an unattainable peace of mind because of the frantic and hectic lives we live. Literally, looking for peace in all the wrong places. We think of this dream life way over there somewhere. If we could just find it, we would finally be home.
The word of God asks us not to say, “Things were better way back when,” but to look forward to the blessing and preparation of the eternal home our Lord and Savior has prepared for us. John 14:2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. Being where Jesus dwells is home.
How interesting that the Israelites had already forgotten they had been slaves under extreme bondage and now they were longing at selective memories of a moment in time, from way back when. Num. 11:5 We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost–also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. Is that what you remember? Let me ask you this question, oh Israelites: “Do you remember this prayer to your God?” Ex. 2:23 During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help. Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God.
Of course things are going to change, and some of the changes will be at odds with our thinking because we are not God. We are not going to continue living our old way of life. The Lord is going to help us become a son of the living God. Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.
It is interesting that a lot of the counseling pastors and counselors do for people are basically reminding them that they are where they are because they prayed and God answered their prayers. Then with indignation, they say, “That is not how I wanted the prayer answered! I was better off back then.” Oh really? Back then when you were on your way to hell and were strung-out on all kinds of addictive substances and behaviors? Back then when you were friendless and making life choices from a weak and corrupted conscience?
As odd as it sounds, we are Pilgrims in a strange land because the earth groans under the weight of sin right now. Rom. 8:22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.
When the Lord establishes the new heaven and new earth we will say with a full heart, “I am home. Praise you Lord Jesus, praise your wonderful name, for I am truly home.” Keep the eyes of your heart looking forward to where God is leading because you are truly getting closer to home. May the peace of God fill your heart with the joy of the Lord. In Jesus name.