Have you given much thought to contemplating eternity? The Cambridge Dictionary defines eternity as “time that never ends or that has no limits.” If we think of numbers and space we just scratch the surface on the complexity of forever. To count to one trillion would take 31,709.79 years. It is believed today that the Milky Way is probably between 100,000 and 150,000 light years across. The observable universe is much larger—about 93 billion light years in diameter. A light year is a measure of distance not time and equals almost six trillion miles. How infinitely miniscule even a centenarian’s life registers against eternity!
Revelation. 22:5—Night will no longer exist, and people will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.
The phrase “forever and ever” literally translates “to the ages of the ages.” It is the promise extended by God to His redeemed servants (vs. 3). P. Doddridge wrote in Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul, “One serious thought of eternity shames a thousand vain excuses, with which, in the forgetfulness of it, we are ready to delude our own souls.” Dorothy L. Sayers, an English poet, crime writer and author of The Mind of the Maker wrote:
"It is precisely because of the eternity outside time that everything in time becomes valuable and important and meaningful. Therefore, Christianity . . . makes it of urgent importance that everything we do here should be rightly related to what we eternally are. “Eternal life” is the sole sanction for the values of this life."
God revealed to His prophet Daniel “But the holy ones of the Most High will receive the kingdom and possess it forever, yes, forever and ever” (Dan. 7:18). The concept of forever should thrill our hearts like the most heavenly painted sunset, brilliant rainbow or striking lightning bolt. It should usher us before God. “Before the mountains were born, before You gave birth to the earth and the world, from eternity to eternity, You are God” (Psalm 90:2). It should stir us to examine our values. Are we investing for what will benefit us beyond time, or are we selfishly consumed with what will fade into oblivion or burn? The Scotch catechism, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever” was not meant to begin tomorrow but rather today. Something to think about . . . in reveration!
I feel the flame of eternity in my soul.—Helen Keller
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)