Read Revelation 22
Focus on verse 1-5
It is not uncommon to hear people in Southwest Florida refer to the area as “paradise”, and I would have to admit that of all the places I have lived this area definitely has the best winter weather. As I think back on all the places I have called home over the years, I have always been able to find unique things about each area that made it a great place to call home. In each place I also eventually found things that I more or less had to endure. Up north I found the winters too cold, here in the south the summers can get a little hot and muggy. In today’s reading John describes the final dwelling place God has prepared for those who love Him.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (v. 1-5)
Imagine a place where there is no darkness, no evil, no hunger, no pain, no sadness – a place where God is visibly present, a place that all of us dream of but have trouble believing it might really exist. This is the place those who love and trust God call home. This is also why none of the places we live here on this earth ever really fill that description completely, because this world is not our home, as wonderful and awful as our experience is at times here on earth – it is not our final destination – we are merely passing through on our way to our permanent home. The exact address of that permanent home depends entirely on our response to God’s invitation to accept His grace and favor, and as I have often said before – like always, the choice is ours to make.