Food for ThoughtEcclesiastes 3:11 Eternity
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By Marni Montanez

Ecclesiastes 3:11 New Living Translation

Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of Godís work from beginning to end.

God blesses us daily with all that He has created.  Everything once considered beautiful, blossoms in its time and then deteriorates when its purpose has been accomplished and complete.   

Genesis 1:31 New King James Version

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

Nothing is eternal on earth except for our spirits.  Most human beings have a knowing within their heart that there is an eternity, but tend to shadow it with earthly thoughts and concerns.  We keep ourselves in the center of the world instead of in the center of Godís will.  God tells us not to focus on things of the world, but to focus on heaven; heaven is eternal.

Colossians 3:2 New King James Version 2 

Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Eternity is boundless and without time constraints.   It is not a place we can see, but it is the invisible realm.  Although, God has made us aware that eternity exists, and that He is eternal, we are unable to see or comprehend this incredible reality.    In this way we must depend upon God to reveal what He knows we are able to understand.  He knows better than we do about what we need to know in the moment.   

God lives in eternity.  There is an appointed time for everything, but it is not in the way we monitor our lives; around a clock or a date.    If we wait in the moments of eternity, we find ourselves dwelling in the present; not reaching for the future or subject to the past.  God is governed by His own sovereign will and by His own wisdom.   

Challenge:    We may not understand eternity from beginning to end, as God does, but we can comprehend making a concerted effort to live in the moment, where God lives.  Make yourself aware of how rushed you are and if you have become a slave to time.  

God bless,

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.