Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV Here are some distinguishing marks of a spirit-filled life—joy, prayer, and thanksgiving. Notice Paul has already been speaking about love: “Hold them in the highest regard...
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers.… Isaiah 40:21-22
The living God is not a projection of human experience or religious enterprise. He does not arise out of the creation; he sits above all that is created, sovereign over it because he is the Creator.
He is sovereign over all other gods. He is ruler over the world of spirit. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. You were made by him and for him, and to resist him is utterly futile.
When a great gathering of representatives from around the whole world meet at the United Nations, to us that is awesome. But to this eternal and infinite God, the nations are like a drop in the bucket (40:15). The earth itself is a tiny speck in God’s universe.
Not only is God awesome, he is also eternal. A thousand years is like a day to him. The entire history of the United States is not much more than a morning. What is 200 years to an eternal God? “No sooner are they planted…than he blows on them and they wither” (40:24).
When you stand with God in eternity, you will see that the whole of human history is like a blip on the screen. Your whole life went by in a nanosecond. It’s good for us to remember that when we get to feeling important.
When you come to know this awesome, eternal God, you will never be bored. When you have been with him a thousand years, your fascination and adoration will have only just begun.
Take ten minutes and meditate on your awesome and eternal God!