“And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! Then I said, ‘Where are you going?’ And he said to me, ‘To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.’ And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him and said to him, ‘Run, say to that young man, “Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.”‘
“Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the Lord. And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent me to you. And the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.” Zechariah 2:1-5,10-13
It takes looking up to see how God measures things and to comprehend His perspective. We use numbers and rulers and clocks and calendars, almighty infinite God uses souls and fire and glory and forever. He thinks and acts on a whole different plane than we, and invites us to look up to understand, marvel, and rejoice.
We can get fixed on standards we want others to meet in order to be part of our world, and erect and measure walls whose boundaries we do not want crossed. Behavior, political persuasion, and personal style become our measuring lines, and can trip us up from welcoming those God chooses. But God steps in and says, ‘I define the boundaries. My presence is what counts, and My glory burns through all of your manmade resistances and prejudices to blaze brilliantly among My people.’ (1 Samuel 16:7)
We make plans and ask for things and want want want according to our timetable and methods. We long for dreams to be fulfilled, for resolution, reconciliation, salvation, healing, and God says, ‘My time is best and never late, and my ways are perfect. Trust Me to carry out My plans.’ “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (Deuteronomy 32:4; Proverbs 16:9; 2 Peter 3:8)
We dwell on our past, or that of others, and say no mercy can reach deep enough to remove the sin and regret, and God says, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:11-12)
We see physical structures, and fixate on the here and now; the Lord Jesus sees His living Body, and invites us to faith eternal. (John 2:19-22)
Lord on high, silence my earthly thinking and mold me to Your spiritual dimensions. Help me measure my days by Your presence in my midst, and rejoice.