This life seems so short, does it not? It seems that all one has to do is blink and in my case, nearly 20 years has flown by.
I was recently reading about Noah and I was struck by how long people lived in pre-flood days. 7, 8, 9 hundred years!?!? (Genesis 5) It's hard for me to imagine someone in their 400s being considered middle-aged. It makes today’s typical 80-100 year lifespans seem even shorter.
To be honest, it always seems like there just isn’t enough time to go around. There is always one more thing I would like to complete in a day, one more place I would have like to gone to.
Whether we like to admit it or not, we all have limited time on this earth. We all know that one day we will become part of the ultimate statistic, that 10 out of 10 people die. (Unless Christ returns before our time. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
There have been many times in my life that I wish certain events didn’t have to end.
Let me encourage you with this, there is indeed a reason for these longings we as humans experience, the desire we have for something to never end.The reason is that we as human beings have eternity placed in our hearts.
The Bible makes this very clear.“He [God] has also set eternity in the human heart.” - Ecclesiastes 3:11b
We know that death is an enemy. In God’s original creation, there was no death. Mankind was created to live forever, to enjoy perfect fellowship and communion with God.
Yet, our rebellion against God brought sin into this world and limited timetables followed by death have been the norm ever since. (Hebrews 9:27)
However, God had a plan, a plan that He had established before the foundations of the earth were laid-the rescue plan for mankind. A little over 2,000 years ago, He sent His Son to this earth. He lived a sinless life and ultimately, Jesus shed His blood on the cross, laying down His life, so that we might be forgiven. Praise God that He didn’t stay dead, He rose again on the third day!
We know that through His death and resurrection mankind has the opportunity to be reconciled to God, having their sins blotted out. For us who have accepted this free gift of eternal life that is held out to all, we have the assurance of salvation. With our lives now surrendered to Christ, we have the glorious privilege of boldly following after Christ, carrying our cross daily, knowing that our sins are forgiven and we no longer have to fear the punishment for sin, which is eternal separation from God. (John 3:16-18, Luke 9:23)
You may be asking, why am I rehearsing something that is so familiar to most of us?
Because the truth is that it can become so familiar that we forget how truly glorious it is!
Also, we can lose sight of the glorious surety of a hope we have been given in Christ.
That hope is the hope of eternity.
We have the hope of a never-ending life in a perfect place called Heaven.
A place where we will see our Savior and our God face to face.
There in Heaven, there will be no more pain, suffering, or death. No more goodbyes, no more wishing that the fellowship with our fellow believers wouldn’t end.
There we will all worship and praise the Lord together…forever. (Revelation 21)
You see, we have a hope that pushes us forward even on the darkest of days!
We have a hope that is sure and certain!
You and I weren’t made for this world, you were made for eternity with Jesus Christ!
This world was never meant to satisfy and fulfill us, Jesus is to be our true satisfaction!
The friendships of even dear believers are not meant to satisfy you and I, Jesus is!
You and I should be discontent with the things of this world, for they are rubbish. The true treasure is Jesus! (Philippians 3:8)You and I were made for eternity!
And oh, may God give us the grace to have our eyes fixed on Him and the eternal home that is right around the corner!
May we not fix our eyes on the seen which is temporal, but on the unseen, which is eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
“For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” - Hebrews 13:14
Eternity is right around the corner.
By the grace of God, I’m going to be at that glorious city with my Savior forever. My prayer is that you will be there too!
So until that day, may I be found faithful, until the Lord calls me home…to spend eternity in His presence. Amen and amen!