Understanding the Eternal
May the Lord give you understanding in all things. 2 Timothy 2:7
Today's Scripture passage gives us an exciting prayer about entering into God's understanding. Paul prays for young Timothy and asks that Timothy will have understanding "in all things." Now that's an exciting prayer!
Only God knows all. He is intimately acquainted with everything in the past, present, and future. He reveals Himself as eternal in our temporal world. So to gain His understanding in all things will include a glimpse of His eternal perspective.
Think about a couple walking through a maze made of hedges. The husband and wife can see only the path ahead of them. They try one way, only to find a dead end. But imagine if the couple could have a bird's-eye view of the maze. They could see the beginning from the end, the dead ends from the fruitful paths. That's what God's eternal perspective is like. He sees and understands it all.
Grasping and embracing God's eternal perspective will help us understand many things about our lives. To gain that perspective and understanding, we must read His Word, listen to Him in prayer, and be willing to follow His directions.
God will also help us understand what, from His perspective, is truly eternal. God is eternal, so our relationship to Him is very important. Scripture is eternal, so we commit ourselves to studying and memorizing it. People are eternal, so we invest ourselves in our marriages, our families, and our friendships. By contrast, material things are not eternal, so we should spend less time, energy, and money on grasping for them.
How does this understanding of God's perspective help you invest in things that are eternal? How does understanding the eternal help guide your marriage?
What will you do today to replace your focus on things that don't last with a commitment to what is eternal? How will you
express that in your marriage?
Lord, we need Your eternal view of life so we can place priority on things that will last forever.
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