Several weeks ago, I shared Matt Redman’s song “Endless Hallelujah” during the offering time at church. The song has quickly become one of my favorites from his new 10,000 Reasons album [iTunes].
One thing that gets me each time I listen to the song is the phrase:
“Ev’rything as it was meant to be“
In the context of the song, it’s:
When I stand before Your throne
Dressed in glory not my own
What a joy I’ll sing of on that day
No more tears of broken dreams
Forgotten in the minor key
Ev’rything as it was meant to be
The thing that challenges me in regard to that phrase is the frequent difference between how I feel or expect “things to be” and how God would have them – in His position as Sovereign Lord in my life.
Quite often, miles and miles separate the two…
…and my version of my “story” is without adversity or challenge.
With certainty, God has promised a life with, as the song’s chorus declares,
No more tears, No more shame
No more sin and sorrow Ever known again
No more fears, No more pain
We may enjoy a foretaste of that on earth, but the reality of a life like that – life “as it was meant to be” – will only come in heaven.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘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 21:3-4 (NIV)