HOW LONG IS FOREVER?


Spiritual Blog - Eternity

Psalm 119:89-90 – “Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven.  90 Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands.”  NASU

If we ever question the eternality of God or the faithfulness of His Promises, we open the door to doubt disbelief and defeat.  You may not understand the eternality of God, I confess I am at a loss for words at some of the questions about His eternality, but I believe He is.  I believe it for two specific reasons.  First, I have experienced His Saving Grace and He delivered me from some things and gave me a peace that transformed my heart and life.  I was a New Man or a New Creation.  I was not the same and never have been.  Second, I believe the biblical account and the Bible.  Second, I believe the Bible is the Word of God not that it simply contains the Word of God.  I believe it is Inspired not simply metaphorical or theoretical.

Therefore, if God’s Word is FOREVER settled in heaven and God is ETERNAL then why would I not trust Him and His Word.  When there was a falling away from Jesus over some of His teachings He turned to the disciples and asked, “Will you go away too?”  Peter said, “Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.  We have believed and come to know that you are the Holy One of God.” 

Years ago, street witnessing with Teen Challenge in Dallas, Texas I found myself in a part of the city that we were told might be a mistake to go.  It was not intentional, but I simply followed where I felt the Spirit of God was leading me witnessing to anyone who would listen.  I suddenly realized that I was surrounded by about 20 young men and women who were not appreciative of this East Texas boy’s appearance in their part of the city and were hostile and heckling.  I began to preach to them and tell them of my conversion and how God had spared my life on numerous occasions up to that point.  I finally said, “If you are right and I am wrong, the life I now live is not a waste and I will have lost nothing.  But, if I am right and you are wrong, you will have lost your soul eternally.”  A hush fell on the crowd and I heard a voice from behind me speak.  That voice was quiet but there was power in it and I could tell that the crowd respected that voice.  The voice said, “You better listen to him!”  I turned to see the person and saw no one but knew he had been there.

I realize that testimony may seem out of place in this devotional about the eternality of God, but I suggest you consider Eternity.  We only live once in this life.  We only make one pass through this thing we call life.  We are born, live, and then die and once life on earth is over we must give an account of our lives and either His God’s welcome to enter or His rejection saying, “Depart from Me, I never knew you.”  We are eternal beings housed in a human fleshly body temporarily.  We will either live forever or die forever in a living death that, according to the Bible, has such incredible torment it is beyond my ability to comprehend.  Life never ends if we accept Jesus and Dying never ends if we reject Him.

We are told in Psalm 90:2: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”  The apostle John wrote in Revelation 1:4: “Grace to you and peace from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come…”  This universe is not eternal, it had a beginning. If you follow the theories of man that the earth created itself or has always been you have a problem with the Bible, especially Genesis 1:1.  However, if you believe that God is eternal and that He is the creator of all things you find wonderful peace in that passage.

In the natural, we would never accept a theory which suggested that an automobile simply came into existence in a junkyard as metal joined metal and became a frame, a body, a motor, a transmission, etc.  We would never believe that a finely tuned precision watch simply happened but when we look at the majestic structures in architecture we would never believe that it just happened.  No, we believe that there was a plan and workmen skilled in construction erected it.  When I look at the human body, I cannot fathom it simply happening.  When I look at the majesty of our world in nature, I cannot comprehend or believe that it just happened.  For me, the design suggests, No Demands, a designer.

The precision of the human body and the earth’s orbit defy the theories that it just happened.  I have said to atheists that they have more faith than I based on what they believe.  They are usually stunned by that statement, but I stand by it, in this sense.  For me to believe that this incredible machine called the human body simply evolved would require me to believe in random chance that has such precision and gives such attention to detail it would be far more difficult to believe than that it was by design.  When I consider the invisible barriers of the oceans and the way that our atmosphere provides the exact amount of all the gasses and elements required for human life I see the design.  If I see design, then I must see a designer.

So, if I believe God is eternal and His word is forever settled in heaven, Why would I not embrace His promises?  By that, I mean All of His promises!  God does not say things to make them true, He says them because they are truth.  Jesus, according to the Bible, is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  God’s Word is forever settled in heaven.  Therefore, child of God, you have great and precious promises that you are leaving untapped because some man told you it was for another time.  God did not tell you that and Jesus’ words in Luke 12:32 resonate with me powerfully: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.”

I pray that you will receive His Promises and Provisions and embrace His eternality today.  May you find that that Truth liberates you and brings you a release you have never known and the confidence, peace, and assurance you have only dreamed of finding.

God bless you on this special day is my prayer and desire!

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