Have you ever thought about what forever would be like? Think about it for a minute … can you even imagine it?
We hear these words, we see them in the Bible at times, but do we really understand what forever is? I don’t think we do, because we do not have a reference point.
God certainly thought about it. He thought about it before He even created anything, even the angels.
This scripture says it very well in Ecclesiastes 3:11 –
“He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
God has set eternity in our hearts but we still can’t understand what that is. Spending eternity with God is a concept we are unable to grasp. Why? Because we are more in tune with time and place, that is our human nature.
When I think about what forever means, eternity, I can imagine lush fields and meadows, the most beautiful colors of everything … and peace … and communion and closeness with our Savior Jesus, with God our Holy Father and with the gentle dove of Holy Spirit. But, I can’t imagine … time. I can’t imagine what forever would be like. Can you?
What was the cost of God’s forever? Are we worth it? This song really touched my heart when I heard it and I encourage you to not only read the lyrics, but I encourage you to click on the song title below and listen:
The moon and stars they wept
The morning sun was dead
The Savior of the world was fallen
His body on the cross
His blood poured out for us
The weight of every curse upon him
One final breath he gave
As heaven looked away
The son of God was laid in darkness
A battle in the grave
The war on death was waged
The power of hell forever broken
The ground began to shake
The stone was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated
Forever He is glorified
Forever He is lifted high
Forever He is risen
He is alive, He is alive!
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
We sing hallelujah
The Lamb has overcome
God’s perfect love could not be overcome … Forever He is glorified … Forever He is lifted high … Forever He is risen!
Jesus said while on the cross … ‘why have you forsaken me!’ (Mark 15:34) Why did He say that? Being forsaken is being ignored, abandoned, rejected, despised. You must remember that even though God came down in flesh as Jesus, He had no power of His own as Jesus. Therefore, He suffered as a human, but so much more than we can even imagine. He took the sins of all people, past, present and future. Jesus was the only and perfect sacrifice, and the cost of being separated for even a short time was almost unbearable for Jesus! But, He did it out of love!
There is another forever … a dark and soul-torturing one … forever apart from God! We can’t imagine the extreme emptiness of being apart from God. Right now, in this day and age, many people are choosing to be apart from God. God’s Spirit is calling to them in the darkness, but they are not hearing, they are not heeding. It seems they don’t need Him or see their need of Him. But, one day … one day it will be too late. That too late is death.
What is your forever? Do these lyrics by Kari Jobe speak to you? They sure did for me! And, they caused me to think more deeply about what it cost Jesus to give us this forever with God, should we choose.
Have you chosen your forever? It’s not a matter of the mind and deciding, it is a matter of the heart that has been drawn by God’s Spirit, you hearing and obeying, realizing your need of Jesus all of your life and desiring to please Him, giving Him access to your heart, mind and entire life.
Where is your forever going to be?