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