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He Who Inhabits Eternity

"For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite." Isaiah 57:15

One of the greatest things we Christians struggle with in our walk is patience. We live in a culture where everything is almost instantaneous. Anything we want is easily accessible. No matter what time of day it is, we need only drive somewhere, pick up a phone or get on the internet to get what we want when we want. All the information we can stand is at our finger tips.

With God, we grow very impatient as if prayer should be as fast as ordering a Big Mac at a drive thru. Why can't it be? He's almighty isn't He? He can do anything? When God doesn't answer the instant we want Him to we have melt downs. Perseverance and modern culture are like oil and water. It's a foreign concept to us.

We struggle with questions as to why God has allowed certain things in this world to go on? Why has He allowed Satan to run amok for so long? Why does He allow evil to flourish so long? It's hard for us to wrap our heads around. We struggle with giving answers to others. We just don't get it why God takes so long sometimes.

 Actually, He's not taking long. He seems to take long to us because we live and die on a timetable. Our years are few. Even without a fast paced culture we are always aware of time. But God inhabits Eternity.

"For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night." Psalm 90:4

There is no such thing as "time" where He sits enthroned. He doesn't operate as we do with such constraints. There is no yesterday, today, tomorrow or the next 5 minutes. From creation to modern day no time has past at all for Him. It's as if all is laid out before His eyes and is happening in front of Him simultaneously. He talks about time for our sake because we can't comprehend living where time is non-existent and we live on a timetable, but He also puts great emphasis on waiting for Him, trusting Him and patience.  He's fully aware of the constraints of time on us, but God only acts when it pleases Him. He knows the right moment in our limited world to act for maximum impact whether it's answering a prayer or putting an end to evil. He sees the beginning and the end at the same time, but we need patience and trust as He operates for our good in Eternity.

There are prayers we may have persevered in for years we may never see answered, but that doesn't mean they will go unanswered. Since our time frame and His are on extreme opposite ends of the spectrum, understanding God's "timetable" means our trust and confidence in Him is paramount. Though we are a vapor now (James 4:14), we will one day dwell in Eternity with Him. Until then, what few moments we've been given here, with such a constraint, we need to make the most of because time is of the essence for us. We must trust in Him, grow in patience and live with Eternity in mind.

"Live For Eternity"A very short, but amazing message packed into 3 minutes.


Jonathan Dale said...

Hello! I JUST found this blog while doing a search on Sheri Rose Sheperd. And I looked her up because I heard her speak on the radio and it sounded good. The search led me here and I read your thoughts on her from April 2011 (the month I got saved actually). I was even suckered into her because it sounded great. A lot of her thoughts I still like, but I think the overall idea is what you were writing about.

I'm a new disciple of Christ, in April 2011. That's when I first responded to God's calling and turned from my own life, picked up my cross and followed him. Since then, God has been doing something in my life every single day in unique ways.

I marvel at your blog and hope to get to that level of discernment. I'm still at the pure milk of the Word as Paul says in Hebrews 6:1. Therefore, leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on until perfection. And 1st Corinthians 3 where it talks about the milk.

You truly have an understanding of the Walk with Christ and show it in your blogs. I decided to REALLY dig into the Word for myself and started my own personal bible study in Romans... it's kind of turned into a commentary, like your blog, but I'm doing it verse by verse. Before I was simply reading it and putting it away for the day. But now I'm writing down things to practice and do from it and making connections.

After reading Romans 1:9, I've been filled with a new joy. Paul says, "For God is my witness...that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers,". Basically saying that I've been praying nonstop, and God is my witness of it. That tells us right there that when we pray, God is hearing us and is our witness! Every time we pray he is our witness. That gave me a great boldness in prayer from then on. But before, I never had that insight no matter how many times I've read Romans.

I've already subscribed to your blog. It appears that your Branded blog deals with Scripture and bible principles, and then your other one is about your personal life.. is what I'm getting from them anyway.

Ariel said...

hey Jonathon! So glad you came by and took the time to comment. Thank you :)

Praise God for your salvation brother! I'm so excited for you! He sure has you on the right track by being in the Word and studying it. Discernment comes through study and you are on your way. He's leading you!

God definitely hears us and the Holy Spirit teaches us. Only He can bring the Scriptures to life and apply them. Only knowing the Word by being in it (as you are) keeps us safe from false teachers. It's always a big disappointment when we discover those teachers we thought were ok really are not but thank God that He guards our hearts and minds in Christ. Keep in prayer, study and eyes on God. The path you're on is not easy and can cost you everything but it is the path to life. I tell people all the time when things get hard and depressing..."there's a lot to be happy about...God chose you and didn't pass over you."

Thank you for subscribing and feel free to share here anything you learn or discover. Iron sharpens iron (proverbs 27:17)

God bless!

Ariel said...

oops to answer your question...yes the other blog is to post goings on in my personal life and where I can be my usual goofball self :D

Anonymous said...

Well Jonathan I just read your statement of coming to the Lord. I couldn't help but, smile at the part where you were talking about everytime we pray he is our witness. And how you read it over and over and you didn't understand it. It's just amazing how spiritually blind one is until Jesus removes the blinders. That alone proves just how powerful our God is. I'm amaze why many people can't see to-day as to what is going on and I have to remind myself because they are spiritually blind. Until they to come to repentance the blinders will not be removed and they will not see. I'm so happy for you and welcome to the family of God. I know you probably feel like I do feel so honoured to be a child of the KING. May God Bless you as you walk with him and study his word.

Ariel said...

Amen and amen to that! Couldn't have said it better myself!

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