Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Saturday, April 04, 2020
Living in the Present But Looking to the Future
But know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.
Happiness is not just a possibility; it is a command. The key to happiness is enjoying the present while looking to the future. Throughout Ecclesiastes, God has revealed that life and the ability to enjoy it are His gifts. The more we understand the nature of this life, the more we can appreciate each moment of it. Part of the secret to successful living is knowing that this life ends and after it comes the judgment. More than a creedal affirmation, this knowledge grasps the truth in such a way that it moulds and directs the way of life.
The sight of eternity puts the present in the proper perspective. Life is temporary and full of trouble. Young people think that they are exempt from the influence of time, and those not so young try to deny what they see in the mirror and feel in their bones. Nevertheless, youth must give way to age and ultimately death (12:1-7). That degeneration is part of life emphasizes the folly of living for this life only. Let us look eagerly to the future. How much better will be our eternal, heavenly home! The judgment that lies beyond this life reminds us that we are accountable to God. Knowing this should foster a fear of the Lord that drives us to please Him in all that we do and say. The thought of standing before our Lord is not a club that beats us into submission, but a sober reminder that Christ knows us for what we are.
Though the judgment is future, we know that even now all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do (Heb. 4:13). Christ's estimation of us should be our overwhelming concern.
The future belongs to those who belong to God. This is hope.
W. T. Purkiser
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