June 27, 2017

Preparing for Eternity

It always surprises me how what you read in one section of God’s Word affects what you see in a different section. For instance, right now I’m reading through Psalms and 2 Corinthians. And as I absorb the comfort and refreshment of the Psalms, I find similar encouragement in Paul’s epistle. And they just tie so perfectly together, even though they were written centuries apart.

For example – Psalm 119 and 2 Corinthians 4.

In Psalm 119:9-16 (the second section), David writes about seeking after God. And seeking hard, seeking purposefully after Him. Notice the action words he uses:

  • Guard
  • Seek
  • Store up
  • Declare
  • Delight
  • Meditate
  • Fix upon
  • Not forget

These are all definite actions, things that must be done actively and intently. Done with the end goal in mind. Done for a specific purpose.

You don’t simply guard something for the fun of it; you need a reason for keeping it secure. You don’t seek something unless you truly desire it. You don’t store it up, unless you know its value. You don’t delight in, and meditate on it, unless you truly treasure and believe in it. You won’t fix upon it, unless it gives you hope. You won’t strive to not forget it, unless you have a reason to remember it.

And this is how much we should value God’s Word. We must actively seek it by reading and listening to it regularly. We must store it up by memorizing it, and safeguard by reviewing what we’ve memorized. We must declare it to the world, sharing it with both saved and unsaved, by our words and our very lives. We must delight in its truth, find our greatest joy in its words. We must meditate on its promises and laws, and fix our hearts and minds upon it, so that we remain secure through trials and steadfast through life’s storms. We must actively choose to remember, choose to not forget, the words of our great Creator.

And being human, and selfish, of course we want to know what it’s in for us. If we do all that hard work of seeking and storing and remembering, what do we get out of it?

Here’s where 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 ties in:

“So we do not lose heart.
Though our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.

For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us
an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,
as we look not to the things that are seen
but to the things that are unseen.

For the things that are seen are transient,
but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

 

If we truly know and love God’s Word, we will not lose heart! And even as our bodies decline and decay – our spirits will grow and renew! And we will be even better prepared to meet our Creator, to dwell with Him in that as-of-yet unseen realm.

As we spend quality time in God’s Word, we better prepare ourselves for eternity. <– click to tweet!

As we spend quality energy on knowing and cherishing His Word, we find comfort and encouragement and hope. We find that, despite the storms and afflictions, we have a steadfast refuge and a sure safety in Jesus Christ.

And we will not lose heart. We will not lose courage, or confidence, because we will be drawn close to the Source of those things. We will not be mired in disappointment, because we will learn to trust the One who upholds us. We will not sink in the angry waves of sin’s curse, because we will know the wisdom and perfect guidance of the One who works all things for good.



 

QUESTIONS for YOU: Do you actively pursue God’s Word? Do you seek after it wholeheartedly, without hesitation or reservation? Have you been storing it up, purposefully choosing to remember it and safeguard it in your own heart and mind?

Have you lost heart? Or do you know the comfort and hope that comes from daily delighting in the Word?

 

Do you need some direction in knowing God’s Word?
I would love for you to join me in reading the Blended Plan!
Here’s this week’s reading schedule:

Monday: Psalm 123-125, 2 Corinthians 7
Tuesday: Psalm 126-128, 2 Corinthians 8
Wednesday: Psalm 129-131, 2 Corinthians 9
Thursday: Psalm 132-134, 2 Corinthians 10
Friday: Psalm 135-136, 2 Corinthians 11
Saturday: Psalm 137-139
Sunday: Psalm  140-142, 2 Corinthians 12

 

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Comments

  1. Loved all this insight. I too read more than one book at a time. I try to keep up with one from the old testament (currently Job), one from the new (currently 1 Timothy), one gospel (currently John) and one part of Psalms/Proverbs/Ecclesiastes/Song of Solomon. I don’t read much from them everyday and I sometimes focus on only one or two to give me deeper meaning, but I love cross referencing and finding things that cant help but make you smile for all the promisses you see over and over again.

    • Cross-referencing is a wonderful tool – and one I need to utilize more often! Unfortunately, the Bible I use most doesn’t have cross references. Maybe it’s time for a new one? 🙂

  2. I LOVE to study God’s Word And you are so right, it always amazes me the continuity throughout. For nine years I was in a Bible study that offered daily questions, accountability, and a deep study of God’s word. I stepped out of that study last year, to go to the women’s Bible study at our church. There was not the same accountability, daily study, or depth. So this year, I am going back to the other Bible study and I am so looking forward to getting back deeper into God’s Word. I just don’t do it well enough on my own.

    • Isn’t it disappointing, when study groups don’t live up to your expectations? I hope the first one is still just as helpful for you! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  3. The 2 Corinthians verse is one of the very first Scriptures I memorized, and it has been one of great encouragement ever since!! Oh, the eternal value of hiding His Word in our hearts! Love this post Elizabeth! Blessings!

  4. I love how you’ve tied these passages together! His Word is so precious and powerful! Thanks for linking up!