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Topic: Eternity (03/10/11)
By Lois Farrow
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My favourite was Deuteronomy 33:27 - The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (KJV)
The eternal God! What an anchor! Everlasting arms! What an amazing picture of God’s support, comfort, permanence, ability to hold us no matter what we are going through.
These were among the last words of Moses before he died. He gathered all of Israel together to remind them of their history, give words of warning for their future, and sing a song of praise to God for the present. In his blessing to the tribes Moses reminded them that God was eternal and was to be trusted, no matter what happened. Their job was to remain faithful.
In this world there is trouble. Many people are displaced through wars in Africa and natural disasters in many parts of the world. Now in Japan we have this terrifying earthquake and tsunami. Many people are suddenly thrust into eternity, and many more are dislocated from their homes and familiar environments, just like the Israelites.
We know very little about heaven, what it is like and what we will be doing. The main thing is living for eternity WITH God. I fear for my friends who choose to go into eternity WITHOUT God.
It is hard to imagine the wonder of eternity; something that literally had no beginning and has no end. We are so bound by time and its constraints and limitations. What excuse will we have for not getting things done? We’ll no longer be able to say, ‘I ran out of time’. Living with knowledge of eternity gives us perspective in our realm of time. Our life is only a drop in the bucket, a tiny pinprick, no matter how long we live.
I need to rest in God who is my refuge, my rock for eternity, and know that when my life is over I will be relocated to my eternal home. Although I enjoy my life here being held in the everlasting arms, I know that the reality of eternity will far surpass anything I can even imagine as I join the God who inhabits eternity, and spend the ages to come learning more of his eternal purpose and glory.
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