When we go through physical pain, illness, disaster, a cheating spouse, divorce, losing a loved one – we hurt emotionally and physically, deep down in our core. We want to escape our bodies and hide somewhere – just for a little while. In pain, we find a way to get through our days, but in the midst of that pain, we discover so much more about who God really is. We dig in and ask tough questions about what we truly believe. We get to the root quickly – the heart of our faith! We scrape away and discard the “bad theology” we have learned along the way. We discover how much God loves us and we are humbled and awestruck by it. His ways are not our ways. He is perfect and Holy and awesome and powerful. We don’t have the ability or the words to even begin to explain Him.
In John 16:33, Jesus tells us, “In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.” He didn’t say, “Oh, hey! Now this world will be great. Your bodies will always be healthy. Nothing bad will ever happen to you!” The Bible tells us that this world is full of sickness, death, tribulation, and evil. Our bodies are made to fall apart and die. We don’t live forever. Why would we need God, a Savior or heaven if we lived forever and this world was perfect? Our bodies are fragile. They are temporary. The only perfect being was Jesus. It is by His grace alone, that we have hope.
Sometimes, we get healing of our bodies, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes, we have a husband or wife cheat or walk out on us. Sometimes we lose a child. It is not a punishment or a consequence or a lack of faith. If we were all healed of every ailment, if life was always perfect, if nothing bad ever happened – this would be heaven, not earth. I have learned that He does heal our hurts, He heals our broken hearts, He restores our souls, for the soul is what is important – not these temporary bodies we have on this earth. This body is not my home. My home is with Him.
For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. 2 Corinthians 5:1-5