Faith and assurance

Last night I dreamed that our little dog, Pongo, who is almost 18-years-old, collapsed and died as I was letting him out of the front door. I woke up and looked over at him to see if he was still alive and he was!

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We had a another dog that died after he was hit by a car– he was 5 years old. I remember my kids asking if he had gone to heaven. I didn’t know the answer.

Many years later I took a class taught by Dr. Peter Gentry and he said he believed that when Christ returns that He would redeem all of creation—this included our cats, dogs, and other pets. I remember telling my children what he said. They were so happy to know that they would see Poochie again.

Sometimes when I think about Heaven, I wonder in my mind if it’s really true. I know what it says in the Bible:

“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me [Jesus]. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going” (John 14:1-4, NLT).

My mind can’t really comprehend it. I admit, I try to fathom the “New Heaven” and the “New Earth” mentioned in Isaiah 65:17 and Revelation 21:1, but I can’t even picture such an incredible thing.

I think this is why it’s so important for me to have faith in God’s Word— to believe in my heart that what He is telling me is really the truth. In Hebrews 11:1 it says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see” (NLT). I need to hold onto that.

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti
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