Thursday, July 29, 2010

God is Forever!

14 I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.
God does it, that men should fear before Him.
15 That which is has already been,
And what is to be has already been;
And God requires an account of what is past.
(Ecclesiastes 3:14-15, New King James Version)

God is Forever!

There is a certain futility in these words by King Solomon.

I know that whatever God does,
It shall be forever.
Nothing can be added to it,
And nothing taken from it.

Being creatures of time, it is not easy for us to think in terms of eternity. In once sense, a lifetime seems like a long time, but compared to eternity it is just a vapor that appears for a moment and then passes away. Viewing it from this perspective, it is good for us to stop for a moment and think about what we are doing with the time that God has given to us.

We have no control over the past--it is done. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. However, we can do something about today and tomorrow! As we look around and see the hand of God, we also realize, as did Solomon, that nothing God does is new. That which is has already been, and what is to be has already been! Are we, then, just supposed to give up, because everything is futile? No! There are two very important thoughts brought out in these verses.

First, God does it, that men should fear before Him. Fear can take on many aspects. There is the fear of terror, the fear of respect, the awe-inspiring fear, and many others. In a sense, our fear of God is a combination of all of these things. Yes, it is good to understand that God alone holds the keys to eternal life and eternal death. It is not bad if this motivates us to obey Him. As a Christian, however, the fear of God is so much more. Who is a God like unto our God? Our God is able to save (and to keep) even to the uttermost; His love transcends all love.

Second, God requires an account of what is past. Because God requires an account, we know that He has a purpose for us to fulfill in this life. Our everyday tasks may seem meaningless to us, but they are never meaningless to God. Wherever God has put us; whatever He has given us the abilities to do, we will be required at the end of days to give an account to God.

These things should not bring unreasonable fear into our lives; they should, in fact, do just the opposite. God has a plan unique to each of us. Whether that plan seems great or meaningless, it is not necessarily great or meaningless to God! A poor, lonely widow who can do nothing but pray is seen as being on equal footing with the greatest preacher in the world. The poor beggar comes before God on equal terms as the richest man in the world.

All of the tasks we are called to do, whether they seem of great importance or they seem meaningless, are God-given tasks. Let us do them to the glory of God, alone, that His name may be praised in everything we think, we say, and we do.

God Bless You,
Linda

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