Author unknown, 1872
You have not yet come to the rest and the inheritance which the Lord your God is giving you. –Deuteronomy 12:9
These words were addressed to the people of Israel in reference to their entrance into Canaan. A better rest and a more glorious inheritance are in reserve for the people of God and they are freely bestowed. As Canaan was given to the Jews, so is Heaven, with all its joys, given to believers. God has, in unspeakable grace, given His only begotten Son and with Him, He freely gives all things.
Christian pilgrim, you have not yet come to the rest and inheritance which the Lord your God will give you. You have yet a little longer to tread the wilderness course:
–your work is not yet done,
–your battles are not all fought,
–your trials are not all endured.
But praise your God and take courage.
He who has helped you hitherto
Will help you all your journey through.
You have not yet come to your rest, but you are coming to it. It is a little nearer now, than it was yesterday.
You are not yet in possession of your eternal inheritance, but Christ is in possession, and you are a joint heir with Him. Where the forerunner is, there all His followers will be.
Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is kept in Heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 1 Peter 1:3-4