“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 21:4
Will this pain and suffering ever end?
I am sure you have thought this many times over the course of your life. I hate pain. I hate suffering. I hate sadness. I don’t like it when I am sad and I really don’t like it when others are sad. I consider myself a joyful person and like to spread God’s joy to others. I want everyone to be happy all the time. Wouldn’t that be an awesome thing?
In this world we will not find true happiness. There is evil in this world that robs us of the joy that we feel. But there is another world where we will find that true joy…and that place is in heaven with God.
Revelation 21 gives us a glimpse into the world of heaven. This chapter allows us to take a sneak peek into what heaven will be like. It provides us hope and a longing for the world that will one day relieve us of the sadness of this life.
In verse 4 of Revelation 21, there are four things that God promises we will not be able to find in heaven: no death, no mourning, no crying, no pain. All four of these things are alive on earth. Everywhere you turn someone is dying (just turn on your news or pull up the internet). People are killing each other over hatred. People are dying from diseases or health issues. People are dying of starvation. Women are losing babies to miscarriage or stillbirths. People are taking their own lives because they can no longer take the pain in this world. Death is all around us and it is overwhelming. But God promises that when we arrive in heaven, death will be no more. We will have everlasting life and will not experience death again.
God says there will be no mourning in heaven. Mourning is defined as “the act of sorrowing; an outward sign of grief for a person’s death; a period of time in which grief signs are shown” (Merriam-Webster). When someone you know leaves this earth, you begin to mourn them. Deep sadness and grief overwhelm you. People mourn in different ways, too. Grief does not look the same for each person. Just this weekend our community lost a senior in high school to suicide. Students at his high school have been coming together to mourn for their friend. They meet in the gym for prayer. They have made a memorial to him in his assigned parking space. Churches have opened their sanctuaries for prayer vigils. Our small town is mourning the loss of a young life.
When I was in high school we seemed to lose a student to death every year. The summer before my senior year in high school we lost one of my fellow Varsity cheerleaders due to a car accident. What made it even more sad was the fact that she was a twin and her twin sister was also on our cheerleading squad. We honored her memory that year by wearing black armbands with her initials on them at every game. It was definitely a difficult year for our team.
But we can find hope and peace in knowing that when we arrive in heaven we will not be mourning any longer. We will be happy and joyful and will no longer experience grief or mourning.
God also says that in heaven there will be no more crying. We have all shed many tears over the loved ones we have lost. But crying also happens when we experience sad things in this life: hurtful words by a friend, a boss that berates you, parents who don’t support you or care about you, seeing your child make the wrong choices, and so much more. God says that He will wipe away every tear from our eyes and no longer will we cry.
And finally God promises that there will be no more pain in heaven. All of the things mentioned above have been emotional pain. There will be none of that anymore. But also there will be no more physical pain. Our bodies will no longer hurt. We will be free of back pain, head pain, neck pain, leg pain, arm pain, foot pain, stomach pain, chest pain, ear pain, eye pain and any other physical pain. There are so many people who are in physical pain each and every day. And there’s nothing that seems to relieve it. But God promises that when our time is up on this earth and we enter the beautiful gates of heaven we will no longer be in pain.
Heaven is going to be amazing! There is so much hope built up for us in this passage of Revelation. I pray that you will take hold of this promise from God of no more pain and suffering. I pray that you will grab hold of THE hand that reaches out to you in this life to help you in enduring the pain you are in now. I pray that you will find peace in knowing that one glorious day when you go to heaven, all your pain will be gone.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we are all suffering from the pain we are experiencing in this life. Give us relief from our pain and give us strength to endure it. I ask that your promise of no more pain will be a beacon of hope for those who are suffering now. Comfort them and hold them, Lord. Help them feel Your presence with them today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- What pain are you suffering from today?
- What brings you hope during this painful time?
- If you know someone in pain today, reach out to them and share a kind word, or share a piece of Scripture to encourage them.