Psalm 73:25, John 6:68, and 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 Whom have I in heaven?

Whom have I in heaven besides you? Psalm 73:25 (the poet remembers that God has been with him and there is no power in the universe that is benevolent to him but God)

Lord, to whom shall we go? you have the words of eternal life... John 6:68 (Peter remembers that Jesus is who he says he is, when Jesus offers him the chance to jump ship)

So let no one boast in men. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future--all are yours, and you are Christ's, and Christ is God's. 1Co 3:21-23 (Paul reminds us that God gives all his gifts to his beloved therefore we ought not boast in our teacher or education)

These three texts come together for me like this: In the absence of everybody else we still have God in Christ reconciling us to him. When everything goes wrong, when all our things are taken or destroyed, when everybody abandons us, we still have him. When everybody hates us, we still have him. When it even appears that God himself has taken everything away and leaves us to death, even so, death itself belongs to us and we belong to Christ.

But I ask, "how can all things be mine if I have nothing? how can all things be mine, if the one thing I ever wanted is not? how can all things be mine if I don't even have what I need?" Well, the promise from Paul is that everything belongs to the one who believes the gospel. He answers my question in a deeper way in Romans 8, he says that all things work to the good of those who believe in Jesus Christ, defining good as being conformed to the image of Jesus. So all things do belong to us, just in their proper order, something is mine in the since that in spite of all appearances it will lead to my ultimate wellbeing. So then what shall we say to this? I am promised everything, but have nothing. No, we simply remember that we belong to Christ and he belongs to his Father and say, "Whom have I in heaven but you? to whom shall I turn? You have the words of eternal life."


*This is probably a naive post, but I struggle sometimes with simply remembering that Jesus is with me, for me, and loves me. This should be a swell of deep happiness, but I often allow certain feelings of melancholy to paralyze me from many disciplines and fruitful pursuits of Jesus, so often times just remembering his actions towards me contrasted with mine towards him(see Ps 73:22) is a sweet experience in the face of much disappointment, despondancy, and spiritual depression.

Geoff has joined theologer.com to guest blog about once a week. He blogs at The Faceless Name