February 16, 2018
Acts 13:17-20… The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm He led them out of it. And for about 45 years He put up with then in the wilderness. And after destroying 7 nations in the land of Canaan, He gave them their land as an inheritance. All this took about 450 years…
450 years is longer than a man’s lifetime. God is eternal. Years are not limiting to Him. And he has given us eternal life. Years ought to not matter to us either. The prophets of old, including the great king David, all died without seeing the fulfillment of what God was planning to do for His children. They were part of a plan that was greater than their lives. 20-20 hindsight is perfect, or so they say. We look back at them and think that they were shortsighted. We are the same. We are enamored with what happens in our lifetime. Our eternal perspective, as given to us by the Holy Spirit, knows so limits with regard to time. Our human perspective, which we are born with, knows the limitations of age. I have been bothered of late by what I did not do in my younger life. I am not physically able now. Without eternal perspective, my thoughts are limited to my physical perspective and it is discouraging. God knows that we will age and our physical abilities will decline. He is not surprised by that; nor is He bothered by it. He is already planning the work of the next generation. Are we ok with that? One expression of selfishness is that we matter more than we ought. Is God coming back in our generation or is He waiting for a later one? Throughout history, dating back to Jesus’ days, men have said that the lord was coming back in their lifetime. We have even seen that in our lives.
Patience is more real in this context. I have patience for something that is on its way and will be here soon, but do I have patience for something that will not arrive until the next generation? To do that, I must join God in His timeframe. Paul said, “You have the mind of Christ.” Since he is eternal, I wonder if His thinking includes eternal thoughts. He did not just die for those living in his day. He thought of us, too. We can only effectually relate to eternity by faith. By faith, live the life God has given you. Don’t fret.