This is what the Sovereign Lord says, “I myself will take a shoot from the very top of a cedar and plant it, I will break off a tender spring from its top most shoots and plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it, it will produce branches and birds will nest in it, they will find shelter in the shade of its branches. All the trees of the field will know that I the Lord bring down of tall tree and make the low tree grow tall. I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish, I the Lord have spoken and I will do it.”
Dear brothers and sisters after all the troubles that we all of us face in our everyday lives, we need to remember that God does not stop encouraging us to persevere in spite of our troubles. Life on earth is full of temptations, and His encouragement is necessary so that we may attain salvation. He doesn’t want us to be discouraged but confident! Temptations, persecutions, death, exile, the sufferings of this world: we know they are of limited time. Because of this, we should feel confident that we can count on God’s help and love. We are to maintain our faith, and to persevere. God will give us the strength to do so.
“in the body we are away from the Lord” 2cor5:6
These words are not contradictory but reminding us that in time of living here on earth, man is more in touch to the earthly things than the things of heaven. So we are warned from the word of God, dont be so self-confident in ourselves and to not be involved with the earthly pleasures that separate us far from God.
But in case someone thinks that the body is the reason we are separated from God, is also written:
”We live by faith, not by sight” 2Cor5:6
This mean that we cant have knowledge of God through the human body´s senses that are limited, that mean for example: although through looking we discover partially the world, yet to come to real knowledge of God, its necessary faith that is beyond the human senses.
Dear brothers and sisters: we have eternal home in Heaven, let us stop what separate us daily from our Lord, pray one for another, this thing don’t distract from our courage in this limited time. Eternity is the best ,and all of this worlds evils will not last for long. We to be confident in His love, in his mercy, and in His strength to help us.