Not all our dreams and desires will be fulfilled by the time we reach the end of our lives, a thought that should cause us to greatly rejoice.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven” (Matthew 5:3).
Longed for, but unattained things and experiences during our earthly sojourn will provide God opportunity to fill empty places in us with infinitely greater heavenly realities than we could ever know upon the earth.
“In your best interests, and the benefit of those around you,” we may hear our Father say in Heaven, “I could not satisfy that longing, or fulfill that dream during your natural lifetime. So, come and see that which I have prepared for you to enjoy during a heavenly eternity that will fulfill your heart beyond all imagining.”
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are “blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). We are not, however, promised that all natural blessings will be ours during our earthly sojourn. Our Heavenly Father bestows His provision in accordance with His loving wisdom, as guided by His eternal purpose to honor His Son and conform us to the image of the Lord Jesus. Those things - and they are many - that further this holy intention come to us as the gift of grace. Those things not provided are also His gift of grace. Indeed, while our desires and dreams matter to God, let us thank Him that our needs matter far more.
In the heavenly places, some specially designed gift awaits us that will fill the particular void that pained us upon the earth. Christ Himself will be the heart of the blessing, and we will know that the seemingly unanswered prayer was actually God’s loving postponement of a better blessing, a greater gift, and a more filling fulfillment. Yes, some prayers will be answered, and some longings fulfilled not in a world that passes away, but in a forever that shall never end. May we open eyes of faith to see the better, the greater, the more filling because of this we can be sure: our Heavenly Father will not disappoint us.
“The sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”