Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Forever thinking

  The first definition in dictionary.com for "forever" is: "without ever ending; eternally: to last forever."  Forever is really two words: for and ever.  The definition for "ever" is "at all times; always".  From our earliest days in childhood we have measured life by change and time.  Each birthday marked by another candle on the cake and another grade level in school.  Physical growth marked in doorways for posterity...hallmark ages reached for driving for drinking for voting.  And then the progression of love, marriage, family and senior life with grandchildren and retirement.  We have this inescapable relationship with time.  But something within tells us we were fashioned for more...that life has qualities that transcend time.  This life, marked by the passage of time, is a gateway to a place where time no longer rules.  The Bible tells us that there is a King who rules across time in a forever way.  Exodus 15:18 tells us "The Lord will reign forever and ever."  So He will reign without ending and He will reign continually. Psalm 48:14 connects this sovereign with us personally: "that this is God, our God forever and ever.  He will guide us forever."  The promise of living beyond this time-locked place on earth's surface is held to us.  Daniel puts it this way in chapter 7, verse 18: "But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever and ever."
We were made for the place beyond time...where forever and ever come together.
Rob Smith

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