" And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. " - Romans 8:28(NIV)
Reading this passage, we know that as Christians... we have a pretty sweet gig. No matter how bad things get, no matter how impossible our lives may seem or how horrible everything around us may appear... the miraculous is moving beneath the surface of things. God is not stagnant or off somewhere beyond our comprehension, but He is present right in those situations, twisting the work of the devil into an image of beauty, taking evil and forcing it to serve the good of God's people. It's actually really humbling to thing about, isn't it? The God of the UNIVERSE, the maker of EVERYTHING, the knower of ALL THINGS... is personally invested in your individual life. He's looking at that horrible thing coming down the road and making it into something that will make you into someone that blesses everyone around them.
Now... imagine if that wasn't the case. Stop and think about those horrible situations, the ones you're afraid to face, the ones you can't imagine having to go through again. Imagine the divorce...the car accident...the broken heart...the shattered dream...the stolen innocence... without God. Imagine those situations left as they are, untouched by an all-good, all-poweful God whose whole existence is bent on protecting and loving you. When I look at my own history under those terms, I can't even imagine what I would be like, now. The change would be so drastic that it's impossible for me to comprehend. I can tell you right now I wouldn't be married, or have finished college, or have married parents, or be in church work, or...or...
That is what Hell is like.
"They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might"
-1 Thessalonians 1:9(NIV)
Scary thought, huh? A lot more scary than the "eternal fire" and the little red dude with a pitchfork and mustache. I don't know about you, but physical agony is a lot less scary than having to go through all the psychological and emotional suffering the world puts us through without God as a filter.
That is not the future you face with Jesus.
Matthew 5:8(NIV) reads:
"Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God."
When Christ reigns in your life, you are "the pure in heart." When you are given faith in Christ, all the things that corrupt your heart are GONE. In a moment, in a flash, they are no more. All that's left is the pure, unbroken heart that Christ gives you, no matter the mistakes you may regret.
And that means... you will never stand outside the presence of God. You will never face a time where God is not constantly involved in all that happens to you, changing things to serve your good and the good of al Christians.
You will never be unnoticed.
You will never be unvalued.
You will NEVER be not good enough.