What Does Revelation 21:4 Mean?

and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."

Revelation 21:4(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Weeping, we are told by the Lord, shall endure for a night - and the welling tear-drops that have blurred our vision and the floods of tears that have dampened our pillows will one day be wiped away by God Himself, Who enters into every searing pain and each aching heart, and not one secret sigh that crosses the portals of our mind, nor one stabbing pain that cuts deep into our hurting hearts is missed by our gracious Lord of love - for He is our great God of comfort.

We live in a fallen world and not one of us is exempt from the difficulties and tragedies that stalk the path of every person that is born into this fallen race, but God is here giving us a tiny glimpse into the eternal ages to come when the old order is done away with, and God establishes a new heaven, and a new earth, under His perfect rule of law. The day is coming when God Himself will live with men - and they will be His people and He will be their God. This will be a day when all wrongs are put right, joy will replace sorrow and God Himself will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

That day is already set in the council chambers of heaven and that is a day that we will all one day witness - but never forget that in this world of sickness and sin, hardship and pain we have a Saviour, Who understands the gaping grief behind each welling tear-drop that blurs our vision today and cuts deep into the heart of our soul. Never forget that we have God's indwelling Spirit of comfort, Who is with us the moment each solitary tear-drop starts to dampen our lashes. He knows, He loves, and He cares - so draw closer to His arms of comfort and trust in His love. today.

You may not understand, why you have to endure some of the things in life that cause such heart-ache and pain, but never forget that His eternal perspective is broader that our restricted view. He is our present help in trouble today, and tomorrow He will wipe away all your tears.

My Prayer

Father I know You are the One that holds the future and I trust my life into Your hands today – knowing that You are with me in every trial and pain I am facing. I don’t understand, but I trust in Your loving-kindness and tender-mercies, which are new every morning – great is Your faithfulness, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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