Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26 

I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

Jeremiah 32:40 

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

John 10:10 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Colossians 4:6 

..."If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 8:31-32 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 24Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 4:23-24 

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27 

…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.

Psalm 77:13-14 

Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

Psalm 118:5-8 

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake!

Psalm 79:9 

…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God."

Revelation 21:3 

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

Revelation 21:4 

For All Who Are In Christ (Rev 21:4)

| Dec 20, 2015

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“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”   —Revelation 21:4

The apostle Paul reminds us in Romans 8 that the whole creation has been “subjected to futility” (vs 20). Even those who have the “first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly”(vs 23) under this futility. Our bodies groan with sickness and disease. Our eyes overflow with tears. Our souls plunge into mourning. Our hearts heave with pain. Day after day, we groan under the curse of creation and yet—- we do not groan “as others do who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Our Fighter Verse was given to the groaning Bride of Christ so that she might persevere in hope as she awaits her wedding day.
On the night before the Bridegroom was crucified, Jesus makes it clear that the disciples were in for some serious groaning: “you will weep and lament, you will be sorrowful” (John 16:20); “…you have sorrow now” (John 16:21-22); “In the world you will have tribulation” (John 16:33).

But Jesus did not leave his disciples without hope. He makes it clear that their groaning would not endure: “you will weep and lament, you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20). “You have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

For all who are in Christ, groaning must ultimately give way to rejoicing; “Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy (must) come with the morning” (Psalm 30:5); tears must ultimately cease to flow; pain must ultimately be swallowed up by pleasure, mourning must give way to exultation, death must give way to everlasting life. There is no grief, no pain, no sorrow, and no death that can hold us captive. They must all ultimately yield to the One who wipes away every tear. “The ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).

By contrast, for those outside of Christ, every joy and every pleasure in this life will ultimately give way to everlasting sorrows in that place of everlasting groaning and “weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Luke 13:28).

Keeping the joy of Revelation 21:4 before us is the secret to enduring today’s groaning that was taught to us by the “founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame…” (Hebrews 12:2). Tears, death, mourning, crying, and pain are passing away. Let us, in hope, behold the day when Christ wipes it all away.

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Questions:

  1. Are you “groaning” under the present circumstances of your life? If so, quote Revelation 21:4 and those specific circumstances to the list of what will be “no more” (“neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, nor cancer, nor fractured relationships, nor unemployment, etc.”). Then give thanks to God for the hope He gives us in our groaning.
  2. Consider people you know who are “groaning” and some practical ways you can groan with them and encourage those who are groaning?
  3. Where else in the Bible do we find Revelation 21:4 hope that reminds us that present troubles must give way to future joy?
    What do you most look forward to about God dwelling with us? How does that hope sustain you in the midst of hard times?

David Michael and his wife, Sally, founded Children Desiring God in 1996 with the commitment to equip and partner with parents to support the spiritual development of their children. David currently serves as the Next Generation Pastor at College Park Church in Indianapolis. David and Sally have two daughters, Amy and Kristi, and three grandchildren.

Children Desiring God (CDG) publishes Fighter Verses and offers products to support you in your Bible memorization efforts. CDG also publishes God-centered Sunday School curriculum for children and youth, parenting booklets to equip parents to spiritually shepherd their children, and the Making Him Known series of books for family devotions.

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