“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. “
We have to realise the reality that some things are not going to be worked out fully down on earth and in our particular life span .
However, God’s promise is that He makes all things. beautiful . Our strength comes in choosing to look up and see the eternity we are promised and that makes all things endurable and opens our outlook.
We can feel eternity in our heart because Jesus dwells in both. When we perceive the rest, peace and joy that surpasses understanding we perceive the truth of eternity.
Our eternal destiny is paramount to our utter dependency on God and upon one another.
In that dependency we reflect and become more Christ like.
Our success personally and as church is measured by how Christ like we are living.
It is essential to thank God and to throw our anchor up to eternity because it is the lifter of our eyes from this world and temporal life to that of another realm and one where we experience heaven while here on earth.
God prepares us always for what may be our need of the future.
The source of comfort at any funeral is to know the reality of the beauty our lost one has come to and that we inturn will be United in that place. Tears turned to joy.
The pandemic in some ways has allowed God to, in some ways, break our inability to submit to Him and to one another in our shared dilemma. No one has escaped the time unscathed emotionally or spiritually in the attack that has been experienced or sensed. There has been a global unity.
There have been those with nothing of their own supported with love and practicality. Reminiscent of the early church.
“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”
A dependency on Jesus and community which together weaves a power and a place to host God’s glory.
Self help, self sufficiency, self reliance are alien in the Kingdom.
I love the testimony of church communities, forced out of their buildings by government rules, that have been able to open their doors and welcome the community and needy inside; to feed, clothe, give to, vaccine, home, and be the family and community that the world should emulate.
The opportunity to, or importantly share love and the gospel to, so naturally becoming part of everyday living. The opportunity within each one of us for Christ to walk the streets there and with those He would most want to be amongst.
He wants to be amongst the broken and the needy and He wants that to be in the core of the Hearts of His church because from that place of weakness we are prepared to be made strong and ready to fight .
“beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.”
We become a power to be contended with. There will be those who love it more for this and those who hate it more. Both in the secular and religious sectors.
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
It is possible that our church will become persecuted alongside such division. The enemy will be put on the back foot and fearful because only a dangerous church is persecuted!
Any political or legal attempts to derail or limit faith and church will be trophies of the rising power and remnant . Overturning for a new world to emerge , a new version of the concept and visibility of revival.
Nothing is impossible in His name.
The illustration shows our anchor thrown up to the eternity that is our promise the spectrum the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus. The light pushing back the darkness.
Six Scriptures that come to mind:
“beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.”Joel 3:10 KJV
“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,”Hebrews 10:12 ESV
“What gain has the worker from his toil? I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away.”Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 ESV
“And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.”Acts 2:44-45 ESV
“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.”Matthew 10:34 ESV
“And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also,”Acts 17:6 ESV
The song Here As In Heaven. Mack Brock https://youtu.be/H6RJCaH2SAk