2 Corinthians 4:17-18 – “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.”
What does it mean for something to be timeless? It’s a difficult thing to think about since everything we know and experience exists within time. Trends, the weather, children growing up too fast, pandemics…they all change with the times. But God is timeless. He is constant. He is outside of time and space because He created time and space. And nothing in time—past, present or future—has ever taken him by surprise, not even the darkness you may be going through right now.
Many say that God views all of time in the here and now. It’s as if your life, and all of history for that matter, is compiled in a book that He holds in His hand. He can see the beginning on one page, then flip to another and see the ending. The book of our life here on earth that God holds in His hands has a plot that consists of twists and turns and comedy and tragedy. There are moments that seem to last a lifetime but in the grand scheme of things barely take up a chapter or even a page in our book.
We were created by a timeless God to exist within time and to live for all of time. He created us to be eternal. To live forever. And there’s so much hope in that. When you get to “The End” of the book of your life that God holds, in reality it is “The Beginning” for those who are in Christ. All the hardships, all the death, all the tears, all the doubt, all the hoping for a better day will all fade into eternity past when all things are made new, and our hope becomes sight.
Any hardship and suffering you face in this life is “light and momentary” compared to the eternity of perfection and glory that awaits you, as explained by the Apostle Paul, who personally knew suffering very well. Amid your hardship now, God is working something within you that will last for eternity. The page, chapter, or whole book of suffering in your life will seem but a dot in a footnote compared to the eternity that is in store for those whose faith rests in the timeless God who entered time and space to suffer in our place.
In his song, “This Night Won’t Last Forever,” Channing Gillespie reminds us, “This night won’t last forever; There’s no darkness strong enough; To stop the rising of the sun; This night won’t last forever.”
No matter how long your sleepless nights may seem, the sun has always risen. Every time. In the scheme of time in which we exist, the next day has always arrived. Without fail. It is the same with your life. The darkness will not last forever. There is coming a day when there will be no more night, and the light of Jesus will chase away every dark place. That includes your every sin and your every sorrow.
This night won’t last forever. That is as certain as the rising sun.
Channing and Jacob will be partnering again for the second annual NIGHT OF HOPE on September 25. Tickets have been graciously paid for by the community for the first 100 to register. We would love for you to be a part of this inspirational night of lecture, testimony, and songs of hope.
View the previous devotional here.