I have had this past week off. The doors are closing at the office and I had excess PTO to burn down before my exit this Friday.
‘Separation’, is the term they use when a company terminates employees, due to a a loss of job function. In our case, it’s the function of the entire company that is going away.
Jeremiah 32:40-41 (NKJV)
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.’
Temporary – VS – Eternal
This passage this morning gave me some perspective. It wasn’t like I was lost in a the moment or anything. I’ve turned this over to Jesus several months ago; ‘My hope is in you Lord!’.
But this morning walking into a office building and stepping off the elevator to security doors which are propped open, and stack and stack of office materials waiting for final dispatch to some unbeknown location; really struck home. This is going away.
Thank God, He has made an ‘everlasting covenant’ with us that will never go away. In the same way that His relentless love, has never wavered, nor will it ever.
Before he spoke the stars into being, He loved me; He loved you; so much so that He was prepared to forgo unspeakable anguish, just so he might see that love, reflected back to Him by His creation.
A covenant, a new covenant; That whosoever, would trust Jesus Christ for their salvation and make Him Lord of their life, would not just be forgiven of their sin, but would share with Him in all his Mercy and Love; for all eternity.
1 John 5:1 (NKJV)
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.
So, this temporary situation isn’t anything that I should be troubled with, as I have been provisioned with a gift which is eternal.
Suddenly, the well known passage in Romans takes on new meaning, that causes my heart so soar in anticipation of what the ‘Good Shepherd’ has in store for me.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Yes, this condition we find ourselves in, be it good or bad, is temporary. It is passing, just as everything in this world is temporal by design.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 (NKJV)
Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
His love never fails. It is because of that love that we can sustain hope in times that might otherwise, be plagued with doubt. We can abide in comfort as the world would flea in fear.
These three remain; faith, hope and love; but the greatest is love!