He shall reign forever and ever (for the eternities of the eternities). Revelation 11:15(b) AMP
Eternity. How easy it is to get lost in the here and now and forget about eternity, the forever and ever, that waits in the future of every human. Or, to get lost in the past, as sometimes happens when we explore our roots and research the histories of interesting people.
Some days we need to put aside history and refuse to engage in the present political and social turmoil. It’s even necessary at times to break from the continual display of human suffering that troubles the soul. And think deeply about forever.
Believers must never lose touch with the eternity Christ has prepared for us. “Don’t let your hearts be troubled,” Jesus said. “Trust in God and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.” (John 14:1,2(a)).
Having a grip on eternity keeps us grounded in the present. It reminds us that our troubles are temporary. Evil will one day will be silenced. Hunger and suffering will end (but this is no reason not to do something about them in the present).
A dose of eternity helps us keep our priorities in line with God’s plan for us. When we consider forever some interests sink to the bottom of our lists and others rise to the top. Let eternal thoughts calm your mind today.
“When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am” (John 14:3).
Prayer: Lord, the wickedness of this world and the anarchy of it oppress. Help me lift my thoughts and intertwine them with Your thoughts. In You, I glimpse eternity, and that glimpse empowers me to live today and every day with a forever point of view.
Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of four books, including One Good Word Makes all the Difference and Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children. Visit her website Writing from the Heart and read her blogs Promises of Home and here at Listening to my Hair Grow
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. . . and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
I stood and the window and prayed for peace to return. A phone call came earlier in the day. A man asking if I would fill a position in a Christian organization. They really wanted me he said. Caught off-guard I felt pressured to accept. What harm could come of it? They were believers and I a willing worker. I should have said I’d pray and think about it, but I didn’t. From the moment I accepted I felt inner turmoil, the absence of peace.
Christ deposits His peace into the heart of every believer. Circumstances may rage. Villains approach. Storms ensue. His peace endures.
We’re unaware of that peace most of the time. Unless it disappears as mine did. Then there’s a void. “Something’s wrong,” my heart shouted. His peace left when I ventured where He did not lead. When I assumed His anointing where there was none. Restlessness filled the place where peace once dwelt.
“Oh Prince of Peace, where have you gone?” I promised Him I’d call the next day and cancel my acceptance. His peace returned. I felt the joyful deposit of it.
His peace helps us discern His will. When it flies away to places unknown we can be sure of its return when we put our feet back onto the path He’s chosen for us.
Humanity will continue to demand peace, but real and lasting peace will never come until the Prince of Peace reigns the world.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart . . . “ (Colossians 3:15) “and the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Peace is such a precious jewel, I would give anything for it, except truth. Matthew Henry
Rose McCormick Brandon is the author of One Good Word Makes all the Difference and Promises of Home – Stories of Canada’s British Home Children. This is an excerpt from her devotional book in progress. Visit her website, Writing from the Heart.
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