18 Nov 2016
“It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey.” That’s a good way to describe our experience of the Kingdom of God. Our Lord gives us a sweet promise—eternal life, happiness, peace, joy, love in the present. But the work it takes to get there sure can leave us with a sour stomach.
Before peace comes, we have to get through the trials of forgiveness and shame and guilt in our dealings with others. Before joy can come, we have to face the darkness of betrayal, broken promises between friends, and the heartache of people letting us down. Before we can experience real love, we have to experience the discomfort of realizing that the world doesn’t revolve around me and what I want.
The Lord gives us a sweet, very sweet promise. But the path toward that promise sometimes just makes our stomach turn. The “good news” in this, however, is that God is with us—both in the sweetness of the promise, and in the sourness we have to go through to get there. It’s God’s grace which makes us excited for the promise of heaven. And it’s God’s grace that carries us through death and into life, through sourness and into eternal sweetness.