This post is part of my book launch, Meeting God at Wits’ End: Hope for the Weary …
Temporal vs. Eternal
. . . from men of the world whose portion is in this life.
One of the reasons for our wits’ end is to wean us from this world and all its vanity, preparing us for the world to come. To give us an eternal perspective instead of a temporal one. To make us more heavenly minded instead of staying too earthly minded. Normally, this shift doesn’t come easy and isn’t a once-for-all.
As Christians in a rich country, we’re many times immersed in the vanities of life, not deeply realizing the gravity of death, eternity, and salvation. The psalmist wrote: “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!” (Ps. 119:25). Only God can deliver us from clinging to that which is worthless. He does so through His word and also through our afflictions. Who wants to watch Saturday Night Live when a loved one just had a serious accident?
Wits’ end does have its dangers, though. When trouble is our daily companion, we can easily be jealous of those who seem to be doing well, not having a care in this world. Asaph wrote: “But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked” (Ps. 73:2-3). He continued in this envy until “I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end” (Ps. 73:17).
An earthly perspective only considers the here and now. A heavenly perspective sees things in light of eternity—in light of reality. There are billions whose portion is only in this life. They’re lost, “having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12).
While wits’ end is certainly not desirable—no one wants to sign up—it helps us to wake up from this world’s stupor and realize the seriousness of death, eternity, and salvation. While our troubles aren’t pleasant, they’re meant for us to realize we’re pilgrims in a fallen world, travelling to the Celestial City. Our portion is in the world to come.
There, “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” (Rev. 21:4). Then, “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Rev. 7:16-17).
Jesus, help me to gain a heavenly and eternal perspective, knowing that You are my portion.
The Devotional Writer
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