I have often said that God's ultimate answer to every difficult question is heaven. Just think of the questions we ask of God. Most of the answers are references to the eternal life to come in heaven.
Why do faithful believers experience suffering in this world?
The Bible says: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." - Romans 8:18
Why do I face one challenging situation after another, even though I pray every day for peace?
The Bible says: "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." - John 16:33
I try to be patient and wait for the Lord, but how long do I wait?
The Bible says: "Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains." - James 5:7
The journey of life is hard sometimes. Why continue?
The Bible says: "Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor's crown." - Revelation 2:10
I have experienced one failure after another. Does God care?
The Bible says: "Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." - Colossians 3:1-2
My plans did not work out. My dream was never fulfilled.
The Bible says: "If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied." - 1 Corinthians 15:19
Someone dear to me died. I'm grieving their loss.
The Bible says: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."- Revelation 21:4
The questions go on and on and the answers from God, for the most part, point to the life that is to come for believers. We live in a broken world, but God is preparing a perfect world, freed of the challenges and pains and loss of this life.
Max Lucado has written: "God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile."
So, I still believe that Heaven is the ultimate answer to most of our questions. We will soon be celebrating Easter and the hope of resurrection. So, I close today with one more reminder that heaven is indeed the ultimate answer. For every question and every challenge, just know that for his children, God is setting aside a wonderful inheritance. It's kept in heaven, and we won't receive it until we get there!
The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:3-4:
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you;
One day, I really believe that we as believers will enter through the gates of glory and be so overwhelmed that we will actually say: "No more questions!" Heaven is indeed the ultimate answer.