Monday, May 9, 2016

Thoughts on Psalm 119:44

44 ​​So shall I keep Your law continually,
​​Forever and ever.

Forever. It’s an amazing thought, impossible to grasp in the mind.

Have you ever thought about Eternity? What it would be like to live forever?

If you have, you have heard the voice of God (probably without even realizing it), and I’ll tell you why:

Nothing in nature indicates that life or the universe will exist forever.

It’s true. Everything comes to an end.

Wood rots. Metal rusts. Buildings decay. Relationships end. Plants, animals, and people grow old and die. One day even the sun will burn out.

The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that all energy is degrading, and that eventually the Universe will reach a “zero state” of energy which is referred to as “the heat death of the universe.

It is woven into the very fabric of the nature; every source of information that we have from the natural world tells us that there is an end to everything.

With this consistent message telling us, “this is finite; it will end” - how did mankind at any point ever conceive of this concept of “forever”? To answer this, we turn to the word of God:

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

The fact that you have considered this idea of eternity, of “forever,” means that God has put that very thought into your heart.

That’s right, God spoke to you.

And isn’t it interesting that the psalmist doesn’t say, “I will keep your law for the rest of my life.”?

He recognizes that there is life beyond physical death. Thus he says, “forever and ever.”

God has put eternity into your heart. He’s planted a seed of the concept to create a desire that you would be drawn toward. Why? Because it is His will to fulfill it in your life.

And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:17

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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