|God knows all, including the future
One of my favorite sentences I say to God, is "How Great Thou Art."
I think how fine that song is by that title, and I envy the writer, in a Christian way, for writing it, wishing I could do
that well with my song-writing. But how weak, even that word "great" is, in describing the immeasurable way
God really is.
Consider what magic it would have seemed to the public, two thousand years ago, if
a person came up with a camera, and took an actual photograph of Christ! Or had a CD that let people hear recordings
of singers...and DVD's so you see them performing! And what if someone showed people an apparatus sitting on a table,
that he called a "computer." And he'd "Google" a question to it, and it would come up with page
after page of the answer and writings relating to it.
What if he opened a big door to a room beside
his house, and there was a thing he called a "car." And in his house, a "television" and a dishwasher
and a clothes washer and dryer set and...the list of things we enjoy today would never end, would it.
And with all that, those inventions are nothing in comparison to God. He knew all those things since the beginning of
time, and He just lets people imagine and invent and discover things year by year, and God just smiles and says, "I knew
the day and the hour that you'd come up with an electric light."
Yes, our God is without
measure...in wisdom, in patience, in love, and in every other you you can conceive. He alone knows the secrets of the
universe, and of perpetual motion, and why mass makes gravity and the trillions of other mysteries of this life and death
and the Heaven we are striving for.. Praise Him!
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I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.