Meditation on Eternity
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come.” Rev. 4:8 NIV
God is holy. I could write pages while trying to comprehend his holiness. But the second part of the verse grabbed my attention. “was and is and is to come” God is eternal.
Existing in my small world of boundaries, I am constricted by the hands of time. How am I to relate to a God who knows eternity?
A. W. Tozer wrote “God dwells in eternity but time dwells in God. He has already lived all our tomorrows as He has lived all our yesterdays.”*
Moses spoke of eternity when he wrote of the Lord being Israel’s dwelling place throughout all generations, and before the earth was created, “from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” Psalm 90 NIV
Did people have a better understanding of eternity before the ever present time schedule--before the urgency to achieve a certain number of accomplishments in a set amount of time? Did they have a closer relationship with Eternal God?
Tozer wrote, while speaking of our reliance on time, “but God is not compelled to wait. For Him everything that will happen has already happened.”*
I’m governed by a clock. Even now, with my children grown and with ample leisure time, I feel compelled to mentally list accomplishments each day. I mowed the lawn, swept the floors, started the laundry…. As I turn in at night, the questions remain. ‘Did I make my time count? Did I waste the day?’ Certainly, these mundane chores are necessary to remain in civilized society, but what governs my priorities and my heart attitude?
Again in Psalm 90, Moses prayed, “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” God has already numbered my days. Every one of them was written in his book before I was born. (Psalm 139:16) With his help, I might gain that heart of wisdom and learn to live each day with an eye on eternity.
Committing Revelation 4:8 to memory reminds me of God’s holiness and stretches my imagination to a beginning understanding of the eternal.
* The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer
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