Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
(Psalms 136:1 (NIV))
Just how long is forever?
To be honest with you, I actually don’t think that the human mind can truly understand that concept, especially when you consider our limited vantage point. Our minds think back to our days in school when we were watching the clock and impatiently waiting for the end of the day. It seemed like it took forever! Perhaps you remember Christmas Eve as a child. It seemed like the night would never end. With these and other examples that you may have in mind, we have a tendency to look at the concept of forever as a period of time that we must endure. We don’t usually think of forever as a joyous time.
Is that how God sees forever? Is that how God sees us in relationship to forever?
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
(2 Peter 3:8 (NIV))
If this is the way that God sees time, then His concept of forever is so very different from how we see forever. If God’s love endures forever, then He has loved us from the beginning of time, if there is such a thing, and He will continue to love us to what our frail human minds call the end of time. In all honesty, the concept of the end of time is a human construct because we can’t truly grasp eternity. All that we can truly understand is that the Lord never changes.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
(Hebrews 13:8 (NIV))
If His love endures forever, then His love for us never changes and that is the best thing that anyone can ever experience.
If God loves us this much, how do we express our gratitude?
Are you forever thankful to the Lord?