What a thrill to watch one who has pressed on to reach a goal! We may think of examples of those competing in a race though they were injured. Either a competitor or someone from the stands comes to help them to the finish line.
There will be a day when believers will go through a victory gate–the gate in which one passes from this life into eternal life. Revelation 21 describes the New Jerusalem and the ultimate joy of forever being in the presence of God. We are reminded in Romans that the stresses of this present world cannot compare to the glory that will be revealed (Romans 8:18). Even though we experience heartache and challenges in this life, as we press on, we will receive the victory prize of heaven (Philippians 3:12-14).
In her book, Through Gates of Splendor, Elisabeth Elliot tells the story of a journey of a ministry team seeking to share the Gospel to the Auca Indians. They prepared for months for this journey. Shortly after their arrival and a team went to the area, several lost their lives when they were attacked. She recalled in the Acknowledgements section that her husband sang these words a few days before he died, which are from the hymn by Edith G. Cherry, “We Rest on Thee.” It seems appropriate to close with these as well.
We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
Our Faith Connections Challenge: Reflect on the Scripture passages, and receive encouragement to press on to our ultimate victory. Meditate on these and the words of this precious hymn. Be blessed!