Throughout All Generations

“Do not hide your face from me
    in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
    answer me speedily in the day when I call!

My days pass away like smoke…
My heart is struck down like grass and has withered…
I lie awake;
    I am like a lonely sparrow…
All the day my enemies taunt me…
For I eat ashes like bread
    and mingle tears with my drink…
My days are like an evening shadow
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But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
you are remembered throughout all generations…
Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet to be created may praise the Lord:
that he looked down from his holy height;
from heaven the Lord looked at the earth,
to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die,
that they may declare… the name of the Lord,
and… his praise…

He has broken my strength in midcourse;
he has shortened my days.
‘O my God,’ I say, ‘take me not away
in the midst of my days—
you whose years endure
throughout all generations!’

Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
but you are the same, and your years have no end.
The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their offspring shall be established before you.” Psalm 102:2-4a,7-9,11-12,18-21,23-28

“The steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children.” Psalm 103:17

The day, my days, an evening shadow, my sleep, or lack thereof. Man is made to live and work and grow and rejoice within the structure of days into which we are born. Distresses are present, worries rise from past actions, immediate pressures, and future uncertainties, all bound within circadian cycles. But days with the eternal God are as a thousand years, and His years have no end. We order within the finite, and He the infinite. We number by days, and He, by generations of everlasting. (Genesis 1:27-31; 2 Peter 3:8)

Let us remember the But You of the enduring God. Our hope comes by setting our confidence in the Lord who is enthroned forever, remembered and mighty throughout every generations past, present, and future. His glory threaded through our today has always been and will always be. The earth and heavens that are the work of His hands are our secure abode now because of those hands. Our transient days, whether quickly vanishing in pain, or loneliness, or sorrow, are swallowed in His steadfastness and meaning.

Knowing that the Lord reigns, enduring in steadfast love and fulfilling His every intention, gives great confidence and compulsion to serve His purposes. While we have breath, what are we doing to establish His word in our generation and the next? How submissive are we to His rule of hearts and schedules, how faithful to declare His name and praise? (Isaiah 14:24; 46:11b)

Lord, help me hope in Your everlasting purposes, and contribute to Your praise by telling present and future generations of your steadfastness, redemption, and glory.

Overtaken

“But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, ‘As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.’” Zechariah 1:6

“Your words were found, and I ate them,
    and your words became to me a joy
    and the delight of my heart,
for I am called by your name,
    O Lord, God of hosts.” Jeremiah 15:16

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes… For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’” Romans 1:17-18

“O Lord, Thou didst strike my heart with Thy word, and I loved Thee.” St. Augustine

Overtaken by dread at an ominous forecast. Overtaken by joy at a long-anticipated wedding, or the birth of a child. Overtaken by fear at a hard diagnosis. Overtaken by love in the sparkle-eyed smile of a child, or the tender embrace of a spouse. Overtaken by grief at a tragic loss of life, or a fractured marriage. Overtaken by wonder at a broken relationship made whole, a broken body restored and healed, a sin redeemed. Overtaken by rapturous awe at a sunset in a leaf. We are overtaken by many things tangible and intangible in day to day living, instances and moments that captivate the imagination, catch our breath, and arrest our hearts. In all these, we can thank God for the gift of senses and the human capacity for intuition, intellectual processing, and emotion.

What about the word of God? What about the Spirit’s stir? In our natural absorption with the world and its attending allures, and incessant headlines and urgencies, do we invest any energy and attention to being overtaken by the Lord? Emotions and focus are whipped to and fro by alerts and events someone else decides are important, but the word of God stands unchanged and alive, ready to refresh, instruct, correct, and nourish. (Psalm 119:89; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)

When we avail ourselves of the powerful word, we face God’s holiness and our despicable sin, and are humbled to repent. When our souls are overtaken by God’s mercy and love, and our logic by His gracious gospel, we are saved unto eternal life. When we seek God’s truth and savor His word, we tap into our lifeline and are filled with joy, certain we are His. When we are overtaken by the Spirit’s sway, we learn to discern according to wisdom from above, and to rebuff the devil’s blows and temptations. We freely exercise His fruit at home and abroad. (Galatians 5:22-23; James 3:17; 4:7-8; 1 Peter 5:8-9)

What will it take of intention, effort, and surrender for us to be overtaken by God’s word? Is there stubbornness that needs be softened, sin confessed, fixed allegiances released, time scheduled? God hears desperate cries from honest hearts, and His word can overcome any obstacle. What will we relinquish today so He can take whole hold of us?

O Lord, strike and captivate my heart with Your word upon every reading so I am never the same. Overtake my will and soul desire to be all for Thee.

The Distractions of Cares

“Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of livestock; and when they saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, that indeed the region was a place for livestock,  the children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying, ‘Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Shebam, Nebo, and Beon, the country which the Lord defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.’ Therefore they said, ‘If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.’” Numbers 32:1-5

The trouble with these tribes is they made choices bound by their belongings. Their sight was limited because it was distracted. They asked on the basis of God’s favor to them, yet failed to favor Him first and above their own possessions. How differently they may have proceeded had they prayed, ‘since You and Your call are favored in our sight…’

Moses immediately recalled their predecessors’ reluctance decades before when they made excuses for not entering the promised land by holding their safety as of primary importance. In a similar manner, these had limited their vision for what God wanted by focusing on what they wanted, which was far inferior. Their protection, their familiar, their stuff, was all they chose to know, and their faith was stunted over lack of willingness and trust for God’s new thing. They did agree to go temporarily and fight for Israel, but they had staked their claim on Jordan’s east side beforehand and would be bound to return. (Numbers 32:6-33; Isaiah 43:19)

Juxtaposed to those drawn to their many cares were Joshua and Caleb, who cared more for what God had promised. They boldly heeded God’s call to venture into His good land, and leave for us a legacy of focused faith. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2a)

What cattle, what plans with all their trappings, keep us from crossing over to God’s Canaan? He bids us to new places, or people, or work, and the need to build barns and cities encumbers, catching in the craw of our consciousness, causing cough and clutter, every kind of excuse not to go forward with Him. We fret with busyness and maintenance, and to control comfort and safe places, and have no availability to serve, or tested and tried faith to rely on the Lord. Cast your cares upon the Lord , and will He lift you up… out of your small world and onto His promised land. (Psalm 55:22)

Where is the Lord calling, if only we’d let go? Would we take time to discern whether we are more concerned with our own agenda and all it requires than with what the Lord requires of us?

Father, may I gladly arise and eagerly cross into Your every place of promise, free from fetters, and with full enthusiasm for Your call. Plant me where You will, and be exalted through me there.

Musings on the Most High

“Behold, to the Lord your God belong heaven and the heaven of heavens, the earth with all that is in it. Yet the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.  Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no longer stubborn. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt. You shall fear the Lord your God. You shall serve him and hold fast to him, and by his name you shall swear. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great… things that your eyes have seen.” Deuteronomy 10:14-21

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
    to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
    and your faithfulness by night…
For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work;
    at the works of your hands I sing for joy.

How great are your works, O Lord!
    Your thoughts are very deep!..
You, O Lord, are on high forever.” Psalm 92:1-2,4-5,8

“The Lord reigns; he is robed in majesty;
    the Lord is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
Your throne is established from of old;
    you are from everlasting…
Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
    mightier than the waves of the sea,
    the Lord on high is mighty!

Your decrees are very trustworthy;
    holiness befits your house,
    O Lord, forevermore.” Psalm 93:1-2,4-5

It is good to give thanks, and therefore to contemplate the Most High, and fathom His infinite power and great works. It is good because it raises joy songs to Him who is worthy. It is good because it makes us glad. It is good because we are reminded He is the great One who resides over the expanse of creation yet has set His affection on us, and not the other way around. It is good because He is the One who befits our praise.

The hustle of all things seen and alarming and pressing so easily entrenches our minds in what is not high. An irritation here, a snide comment there, and a heart grows stubborn, perception spoils. Oh, how wont we are to get cozy with the lowlands! Turn your eyes outside of self, inside the word, and up to the skies. Breathe in the God who judges and loves, supplies and delivers. He alone is to be feared and loved and served.

Would we match desire with discipline to do the good thing the psalmist describes? Would we put aside devices and urgencies to behold the One who rules behind and over them all? For what will I specifically thank Him that has captured my affection, answered my prayer, fulfilled my need, or comforted my soul? What need I let go in order to hold Him fast?

Most High, in every aspect and activity here below, fix my passion on Your highness. May I always and ever sing Your praise. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to [You] forever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 7:12)

All that Pertains to Partaking

“May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,  and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness,  and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ… Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.” 2 Peter 1:2-8,10

The high call of the Christian life is to partake of the divine nature, and all things are supplied for us to that end. The beauty and the mystery is that all things are ours, and we make them ours, and they can increase. Our dynamic, limitless Divine supplies fully and in increasing measure everything that brings godliness, excellence, and glory to Him.

So how do we become partakers? The vehicle of participating in our Lord’s nature is composed of His power, His knowledge, and His promises, all of which are very great and readily accessible for the willing follower. He is both conduit and force for removing sinful desires and instilling holy ones. He it is who fuels righteous passion and gives endurance to keep adding to our faith, supplementing virtue with knowledge, building self-control into steadfastness with godliness and affection and increasing love. Each when practiced begets more of the same, each exercised leads to the next.

What drives our spiritual motivation? Personal pick-and-choose preferences for the qualities with which it is more natural to engage? Do we concentrate only on the commands that can be followed with little effort, that do not mess with our comfort or require any changes? Do we nurture emotions and circumstantial feelings, or scriptural admonitions?

Do we long for the divine nature? The choices we make and behaviors we exercise determine our outcomes. They prove what we really want in this life, and to present Jesus in the next. If it is our priority to be more and more like Him, to learn the manners of heaven and to grow in Christ-likeness, we will more readily yield to His pruning and persist in obedience. We will press on to endure, and keep supplementing. (John 15:2,4-5; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:13-16; Philippians 3:12-14; Hebrews 12:1-2; 1 John 3:2-3)

Where are we lacking fruit in our character, and impulses? Which areas need specific attention to bring them under God’s calling? What will we adjust in daily habits, spiritual rhythms, prayer focus, and practical actions, to partake more and more of our Savior’s nature?

Lord, help me take hold of Your grace the bids me forward in the Christian life, and to keep on in spiritual growth unto a divine nature with excellence that befits Yours, and glory You deserve.

Throne Thinking

“After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’ At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God,  and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

“And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures.., and day and night they never cease to say,

“’Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
    who was and is and is to come!’

“And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

“’Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they existed and were created.’” Revelation 4:1-6,8b-11

John had just been given judgments and promises for the seven churches, heavy messages for an elderly pastor who had likely invested in each one. And after this, perhaps as a sweet refreshment from the Almighty, was ushered into the throne room of heaven. All of the struggle, the specific and invisible knowledge just revealed, the weight of accountability for every outward act and heart twist was swallowed in a heavenly vision as John looked up, went up, and beheld a world beyond his own.

Whatever our assigned tasks on earth, we are to remember heaven. Whatever information and confidences seem too hard to bear, or burden of caring for the needy and helpless that bends body and spirit, we find relief by peering behind heaven’s open door. Whatever esteem we may carry, we must gaze at the Glorious One whose indescribable beauty and otherness leaves us speechless. Whatever dominion we exercise, we must behold the God who created all by His will. (Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 4:16)

How might it change (and improve) our outlook on daily pursuits if we contemplated the eternity of God’s goodness and plans? How could our attitudes and affections toward others be purified if we humbled ourselves before the holy, righteous God who has made a way for sinners such as us? How will thoughts of God’s perfect rule establish our hearts and resolve in trying circumstances and difficult responsibilities? How might our fretting and fussing be eliminated if we meditated on God’s unshakable throne?

King of kings, filter my every thought through the splendor and might of Your supremacy. In my every day, translate throne thinking to kingdom living that brings You the honor and glory You deserve.

How Vast His Arms!

“Go on up to a high mountain,..
lift up your voice with strength,..
say.., ‘Behold your God!’
Behold, the Lord God comes with might,
    and his arm rules for him;
behold, his reward is with him,
    and his recompense before him.
He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
    he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
    and gently lead those that are with young.

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand
    and marked off the heavens with a span,
enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure
    and weighed the mountains in scales
    and the hills in a balance?
Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord,
    or what man shows him his counsel?
Whom did he consult,
    and who made him understand?
Who taught him the path of justice,
    and taught him knowledge,
    and showed him the way of understanding?
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
    and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
    behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust…

It is he who… stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
    and spreads them like a tent to dwell in…

“To whom then will you compare me,
    that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
    who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
    calling them all by name;
by the greatness of his might
    and because he is strong in power,
    not one is missing.”
Isaiah 40:9b-15,22-22, 25-26

In order to convey many of the qualities and actions of the Almighty, He uses anthromorphisms that liken Him to man so our finite human minds can at least somewhat grasp His greatness. Even with these descriptions, we are overcome with wonder at the scope of His majesty and strength, all His supernatural arms hold and uphold and orchestrate. From heavens to earth and sea to sea, including each personal life in between, the Lord’s arm rules.

Our God holds the King’s scepter, the Judge’s reward, and the Shepherd’s staff all while carrying His beloved flock close to His beating heart. How can this be? Because He rules! As Ruler He is perfect in power, upright in justice, and keen to know and care for and shepherd His own.

Our God scoops and turns and measures the sea, He shapes canyons and mountains and weighs their dust. He who is uncontained by and above the heavens spreads them out like a tent, shaking and arranging the cloth of clouds and wind, spinning the earth on its axis as He traces moments of day and night. He who placed each star in space upholds them by His power, sustaining all that is high and us below. Who is this Holy One? The incomparable Ruler! How vast His ways, how wide His saving arm! (2 Chronicles 6:18; Isaiah 59:1; Romans 11:33; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:3)

What petty grievances, cares for the future, long-borne sorrow, or needs for today, have we not placed in these vast, redeeming, loving arms?

Father, keep me in the shelter of Your mighty arms, upheld by Your righteousness, directed where You would have me go, and open-armed myself to Your will and the needs of others.

Divine Double Agent

“Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And they spoke against God and against Moses: ‘Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.’ So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

“Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, ‘We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’  So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” Numbers 21:4-9

“[Christ] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” 1 Peter 2:24

One of the puzzles in this account is why and how God would use the repulsive and poisonous snake to both destroy and save. The beautiful divine conundrum melds curse and cure in one creature, a vital symbol of our Savior. The agent of death becomes the agent of life.

One of the hardest truths to accept, for someone yet untouched by the Spirit, is that they are a vile, depraved sinner. Indeed, since Adam and Eve, not one is born without sin. All have gone astray, fallen short of God’s glory. In a sense, we are all snakes, full of poison. The Israelites were at their worst when God sent the serpents to inflict them, and they pleaded with Moses to ask Him to remove them. In His redemptive economy, instead of eliminating them, He commanded that the serpent become the symbol for the very means of salvation. (Psalm 14:2-3; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:10-12,23; 1 John 1:8)

Only a perfect Savior of God’s seed could become the perfect sacrifice from woman’s seed, lifted high on the pole of Calvary. It’s as though the Lord said to Israel, and to us, ‘You must see who you are, and who I became for your sake.’ Do we recognize, and are we undone by, our sin and its affront to God? Would we boldly confess, and look to Jesus to be cleansed? (Philippians 2:5-11; Hebrews 12:1-2)

“‘Tis mystery all! Th’Immortal dies!
Who can explore His strange design?
In vain the firstborn seraph tries
To sound the depths of love divine!
‘Tis mercy all! let earth adore,
Let angel minds inquire no more.

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me!” ~Charles Wesley (1738)

Lord, may I ever be amazed at Your perfect provision of Jesus. May I look to you and love you more each day.

Beware Abandoning Love

“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:..

“‘I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.'” Revelation 2:1-5

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

What was it about the Ephesian church that caused them to abandon love? They’d done so many things right. Perhaps their hard toil and long endurance had become an end in themselves. Maybe pride had seeped into their ability to test and discern and make judgment, and begun to inflate a sense of superiority. Possibly their energetic persistence in pressing on had distorted their sense of whose strength was fueling the work. Long bearing up for Jesus’s sake can swell into a martyr–ridden self absorption to the loss of love and His name’s sake altogether.

We must beware growing smug about our mettle and stamina. We must be vigilant about keeping the main thing the main thing, and aligning our industry and ministry with a clean heart every day. We must run quickly from idolatry and wayward affection for man’s praise. We must stay in the word to orient our passions, and remind us of the great God we live to serve. Are we so careful? (Romans 12:9)

Our Lord is able to search mind and heart, and He will give to each as our works and the motives behind them deserve. He detects the waning of our love and the pride-stain on our heart’s devices. In mercy, He convicts and corrects when we drift. Chastening becomes the humble Christ–follower who follows its goad to genuine repentance. Are we attuned to His inner convictions, and willing to heed His warnings? If not, would we be willing to be made willing to change our ways? (Revelation 2:23)

The best way to maintain all-consuming love as our daily driver is to meditate on Christ’s love for us. Contemplate how for our sake, He became poor, and humbled Himself to death that we might live in and for Him. Practice this regularly, with selfless praise, and be ignited by love divine. (2 Corinthians 8:9; Philippians 2:5-8; 1 John 4:10)

Father, extricate any bit of love for self that has crowded out love for You and others. Purify my capacity to love and make it like Yours: measureless, powerful, and free. Establish it as my sole compulsion, for Your name’s sake. (2 Corinthians 5:13-15)

Span Stewards

“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
    in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

You return man to dust…
For a thousand years in your sight
    are but as yesterday when it is past,
    or as a watch in the night.

You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
    like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
    in the evening it fades and withers…
You have set our iniquities before you,
    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

For all our days pass away under your wrath;
    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
    or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
    they are soon gone, and we fly away…

So teach us to number our days
    that we may get a heart of wisdom…
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
    and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants,
    and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
    and establish the work of our hands upon us;
    yes, establish the work of our hands!” Psalm 90:1-6,8-10,12,14-17

God who has been from everlasting created man within earthly time, establishing orbits and rhythms of days and years before fashioning man to dwell in their sphere. He has planted eternity in our hearts, yet in the flesh we perceive and handle spans of time as those who see in a mirror dimly. Our internal yearning may reach beyond the here and now, and future we imagine, yet we are bound by time and space in the finite here below. The infinities of our Almighty quicken and inspire, yet by their nature are beyond grasp. (Genesis 1:1-2,14-19,26-28; 1 Kings 8:27; Psalm 103:11-12; Ecclesiastes 3:11; 1 Corinthians 13:12)

As God’s children we are given the task of steward over and within time. Each is entrusted with a certain number of days known only to God, each determines how to manage them. Like a bridge span stretching from one place to the next, God’s ordained spans of time are to be traveled from now to then, here to there, in one direction with purity, power, and eternal purpose. (Job 14:5; Psalm 139:16; Isaiah 43:7; Acts 17:26-28; 1 John 3:2-3)

The span is not all smooth and hum. Clouds can threaten from above, water may churn underneath. Toil and trouble pock the way, and secret sins cause miserable afflictions, but God’s love is unfailing and His destination sure. His mercies are new every morning, and conviction of evil leads to gladness in His power to redeem. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

How are we handling the time God has entrusted to us? What need we change to move from biding to making the most, from sigh to song? In what ways will we work to minister truth, redemption, comfort, and encouragement along our way?

Lord, may my every moment serve to reflect Your excellencies, present Your life, spread Your light, and bring You glory.