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In a day where the flow of profound thoughts has been clogged by the plaque of current events, I would like to offer a truth that ranks high among those that define our limited comprehension of things unseen.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).1

If the reader has never attempted to contemplate eternity, I encourage him or her to do so now. Take a few seconds. That’s all you will need. We mortals cannot conceive of anything without a beginning, nor anything without an end. God did not give us this ability, which is what the verse says: “…he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”

Everything the Lord God Almighty does has eternity about it and within it.

Let’s begin with the nature of God’s life. The life He gives to those who know and obey Him is eternal—as eternal as He is. To consider the character of that everlasting life, we must add love. If you are a Christian, not only will you live for eternity, you will be loved and cared for by your Creator, time without end. This life with the Lord assumes beauty and wonder because as the verse above said, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” He is wonderful—such a common word but let us read it here in its beauty.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

We will be with Him and in His overwhelming presence and glory forever. I think that if we were to experience that fullness in our earthly bodies, our brains and bodies would surely explode. It’s a good thing we will have new, eternal bodies there!

It means joy—not just the kind of joy we have when we experience something wonderful here on earth, as good as it may be. It is an eternal joy that will infuse our beings. No joy in our natural world approaches it.

“And the ransomed of the LORD shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).

Yes. That joy includes sorrow and sighing fleeing away. The Hebrew word for “flee” has with it a meaning of being driven away.

“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

Oh, the things we have done that He has forgiven and washed from us, but which we regret. If we had just not done them. If we had been able to hold ourselves back from saying what we said or doing what we did. Or, contrarily, we should have done but didn’t.

All of that, gone from us for eternity.

He will give us new deep and wondrous names, eternal identities.

“To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it” (Revelation 2:17b).

“The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name” (Revelation 3:12).

Christian, you can see that we must conquer. Oh no, not with force of arms or human strength but with faith. We must believe the truths written above and the salvation and redemption Jesus mercifully supplies. It may be difficult; it may become more difficult in the days to come. But it is not impossible by any means.

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 24–25).

In Him, with Him, and through Him, we can do this.

1All Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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