WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!

WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words. [1Thes 4:13-18]

WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!

There is coming a Day
When no heartaches shall come
No more clouds in the sky
No more tears to dim the eye
All is peace forevermore
On that happy golden shore
What a Day, glorious Day that will be!

Chorus:
What a Day that will be  When my Jesus I shall see
And I look upon His face The One who saved me by His grace
When He takes me by the hand  And leads me through the promised land,
What a Day, glorious Day that will be!

There’ll be no sorrow there
No more burdens to bear
No more sickness, no pain
No more parting over there
And forever I will be
With the One who died for me
What a day, glorious Day that will be!

10 thoughts on “WHAT A DAY THAT WILL BE!

  1. A question for those who teach and insist that there is no rapture: why do you steal the comfort of these words from the born again?

    Darrel

  2. Thank you Michael for this, my husband (Thomas) in 2011 had a massive stroke
    and lived only 3 weeks, he was just 54 and one of the last things
    we said to each other was “this is not goodbye, just good night” he
    then so lovingly said “I know, I will see you in the morning” and within
    20 minutes he was gloriously translated into heaven. I miss him
    so much.
    Michael, I rarely every see emails or blogs for widow’s, would
    you sometime do an article for widows.

    May the Lord bless this ministry.

    Thanks
    Dodi

    • Dear Sister Dodi, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loving husband Thomas. It has been seven years now and I know that if you’re like me time actually heals nothing . . . especially the loss of a loving spouse. I personally know another precious brother in Christ who also a few years ago lost his wife to an illness and he still thinks and weeps for her; because that is how much he loved her and misses her.

      About the only comfort that we preachers can give to a grieving soul such as you is that for whatever reason God ‘allowed’ it and will now give you the grace to bear the loss and the pain. Honestly it is not much of a comfort but it is the truth nevertheless. As we grow in the Lord we begin to see that ALL THINGS that befall us are ordained by His loving providence and it is still a truth that ALL THINGS do work together for good to them that love God and are the called according to His purpose.

      Our brother J.C. Philpot put it well when he said – “But all these things, however trying to our minds, however hard to bear, however painful to our flesh, are decreed to “WORK TOGETHER“. They do not work SINGLY, but they work TOGETHER WITH SOMETHING ELSE. It is like my watch. The wheel that turns the hand is not the same wheel that is moved by the spring; but one wheel works within another wheel, and one cog catches in another cog, until at length, the time of day is shown upon the dial.

      So with respect to our afflictions, our exercises, the trials of our minds, the various disappointments and perplexities we have to endure; they do not work singly, but together with something else; and it is by this working together with something else that they produce a divine and blessed result.

      But WHAT is that with which they work? THE GRACE OF GOD IN THE SOUL! The wheel of providence works with the wheel of grace; and the wheel of grace works with the wheel of providence; and together a blessing is the result. For instance: Some affliction befalls your body; you are laid upon a sick bed. That affliction will do you no good IN ITSELF; but it WORKS TOGETHER with the grace of God in your soul; and by its working together with the grace of God in your soul, a blessing is the result. Or, you are brought down in circumstances – you have a very difficult path to tread in providence. This will do you no good in itself; there are thousands of people in bad circumstances who get no good from them. But it works together with the life and power of God in your soul; and so it produces a blessing. Or, you may lose a wife, or a child, or have sickness in your family; in themselves no good is produced by these things; but they WORK TOGETHER WITH THE LIFE AND POWER OF GOD in your soul; and this brings about the blessing.

      In this word lies the mystery–they WORK TOGETHER”

      I was reading a meditation from the beloved Spurgeon today on the loss of loved ones and this is what he says –

      “Suppose you are a gardener employed by another. It is not your garden, but you are called upon to tend it. You come one morning into the garden, and you find that the best rose has been taken away. You are angry. You go to your fellow servants and charge them with having taken the rose. They declare that they had nothing to do with it, and one says, “I saw the master walking here this morning; I think he took it.” Is the gardener angry then? No, at once he says, “I am happy that my rose should have been so fair as to attract the attention of the master. It is his own. He has taken it, let him do what seems good.”

      It is even so with your friends. They wither not by chance. The grave is not filled by accident. Men die according to God’s will. Your child is gone, but the Master took it. Your husband is gone, your wife is buried the Master took them. Thank Him that He let you have the pleasure of caring for them and tending them while they were here. And thank Him that as He gave, He himself has taken away.”

      “We grieve, but not as those who have no hope.” [1Thes 4:13]

      After reading this I thought to myself, “how true!” No matter WHO we are, we all at some time have to endure the grief of burying our loved ones. But thankfully as Spurgeon says again, “the sorrow of bereaved Christians for their Christian friends ought not to be at all like the sorrow of unconverted persons for their ungodly relatives. We are not forbidden to sorrow: “Jesus wept.” The gospel does not teach us to be Stoics; we ought to weep for it was intended that the rod should be felt otherwise we could not “hear the rod, and who hath appointed it.” If we did not feel the stroke when our friends were taken away, we should prove ourselves worse than heathen men and publicans. God’s grace does not take away our sensibilities, it only refines them and in some degree restrains the violence of their expression. Still, there ought to be some difference between the sorrow of the righteous and the sorrow of the wicked.”

      The language of our faith is, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him; though he should take all away, yet will I not repine.” I do not say that all Christian persons are able to maintain such a cheerful submission of spirit. I only say that they ought, and that such is the tendency of the Christian religion; and if we had more of the Spirit of God within our hearts that would be our habitual disposition. We may sorrow, but not with repining. There must be resignation mixed with the regret. There must be the yielding up, even with grateful acquiescence, that which God asks for, seeing we believe that he doth but take what is his own.”

      And every funeral we hear of once again reminds us of the vanity of life here below. As said the apostle – “what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” [James 4:14] But thanks be to God that the true Christian hath hope in his death and is not as others who have no hope!

      And is this not what grieves us when we consider our lost loved ones. For my own self I always intercede for my lost mother and my two lost sons. Oh that God might be pleased to save them before they go into a Christ-less eternity. What would we not give to see some of our loved ones saved! But God is sovereign here as in ALL THINGS and we ought to bow to that sovereignty and say with Eli – “IT IS THE LORD: let Him do what seemeth Him good!” [1Sam 3:18]

      I shall specially pray that the good Lord comforts your heart and fills that void as only He can.

      With lots and love and prayers ❤
      Mike

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