Timeless truth, timeless beauty, timeless love, timeless value. We yearn for the timeless, to be free from the binds and pressures of time. We don’t want to succumb to the snare of decay, the end of something we perceive as good.
God placed this hunger within us along with promises, commands, and warnings.
28 Be careful to obey all these words that I command you, that it may go well with you and with your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God. (Deut 12:28 ESV)
In Old Testament days His commands carried specific rules on eating, worship practices and location, dealing with foreigners, vows, and even clothing. Many times His blessings were equally detailed and visible in this temporal world.
Now, we have the beauty and freedom of eternity that holds our hope secure — forever.
For now though, we find ourselves in the sin-pocked world that deals us pain, death, decline, and decay. Our hope is not in what we see, our hope is in the One who was and is and is to come and His Word that does not fade away.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (Isaiah 40:8 ESV)
Choosing joy today.
Choosing to look beyond the moment I find myself in with its frustration and disappointment and look at the forever promises. Of course, this doesn’t mean that I ignore this world and the ways that I can make a difference in it. God clearly cares how we live and how we address the “little” issues around us. But, this world is not the anchor for my soul. It does not offer me the hope I need to press on.
. . . the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7b ESV)
Fulfillment of God’s promises and blessings is yet to come, and in that truth, I find my strength and perspective.
The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad! (Psalm 97:1 ESV)
O you who love the Lord, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name! (Psalm 97:10-12 ESV)
Lord God, continue to build my hope. May it never be swayed by the hurt and sin I see in this world, but may it hold secure in my Savior and in the foundation of Your Word. Thank you that you have the answer for the forever ache that clings to me as I long for freedom from the temporal nature of this life. Trusting you always, Lord. In Jesus Name, Amen