“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Glimpses of Heaven
(Please read 2 Corinthians 12:2-4)
Lots of people would like to know more about heaven, but many look in the wrong places for their ideas about it. So-called “near death” experiences, by people who were thought to be dead but were resuscitated, have been written and talked about enough that they are regarded almost as gospel by many people. Now, if Lazarus or some other resurrected person had written a book, we’d all like to read it. But the nearest account to that in the Bible is Paul’s experience related in our text — and it reveals very little.
Paul didn’t know then or later whether he was “in the body” or “out of the body” when he was caught up. We can speculate that this happened when he was stoned at Lystra, but we can’t really know. We are told, though, that he was in heaven, in the presence of heavenly beings. He heard things that man is not permitted to tell, so he didn’t reveal them.
But even without those details, Paul’s account provides a sweet glimpse of heaven that believers should carry in their heart. So, to begin this day, sing “How Beautiful Heaven Must Be,” and thank God for the promise of such a wonderful destination of those who love him.