The Bare Soul
April 8, 2012
Habakkuk 3:4 - His radiance is like the sunlight; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there is the hiding of His power.
Time, as well as our spatial experience, limits everything. We are earth-bound creatures who have learned to measure most things in our temporal existence. However, the more we understand about life's building blocks, we continue to discover how infinite it seems as scientists strive to break matter down to its lowest common denominator. Many would say this is only a glimpse into the mind of God -- how He exposes Himself and His eternal, infinite Self through time-bound limitations. How extraordinary will it be when we throw off time and we experience unveiled expressions of the Divine? When time gives way to eternity, how will God appear to His Son's beloved bride? We might suggest, since God is eternal and unlimited in power, that there will be a withholding of His attributes even in Glory. As our lead verse states, the prophet suggests how God's power is veiled, in time and possibly eternity. It is not clear whether it is both, for Habakkuk doesn't tell us. However, we can be sure whether we witness His power on earth or in heaven, it will be marvelous to behold.
God is unlimited in power, therefore He has to hide the vastness of His nature for it would overwhelm us. When some might think of God's unlimited power, they may consider His power to destroy or judge. I prefer to meditate on unlimited love. Can you imagine, beloved, a God with eternal, limitless love? We may swoon when we experience human love between our betrothed or maybe when we catch a glimpse of God's love toward us that takes our breath away. But can you imagine the depth of His love to be revealed? No wonder the 24 elders fall down before His throne, casting their crowns at the Lord's feet. They are overwhelmed by His great love. The elders and the entire host of heaven must understand how His presence is so exquisite, yet He hides His full glory because of its intensity. Since we will share in eternity as eternal beings, will we have the ability to grow in love through God's impartation? While there is no specific scripture which tells us we will continue to evolve in God's power and love in eternity, we know as sons and daughters that we are made in His image to emulate Him. I believe from Psalm 89:2 we can deduce how love will continue to grow in us, where we have the capacity to take in more and more of God's presence. This scripture simply states: "For I have said, 'Lovingkindness will be built up forever; In the heavens You will establish Your faithfulness.'” What a mind-boggling concept to understand how our God will continue, throughout all eternity, to reveal more of Himself to us!
It behooves us as believers, since God is an unlimited God, not to limit the possibilities of what He can do while we are bound by time and space. God gives us glimpses into eternity through the book of Revelation and through scriptures such as the aforementioned one in Psalms 89, showing us the grand possibilities if we will but only believe. If we have an eye on eternity, then we can understand how an unlimited God can move on behalf of our prayers. Paul pointed out in Colossians 3:1-3 the necessity to keep our eyes trained toward heaven because in so doing it enlarges our hearts to believe. He admonishes the church at Colossae saying: "Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God." The apostle in his letter to the Ephesians also commends his readers to understand they already possess every spiritual blessing that God has in store for us in heaven (Ephesians 1:3). We must simply believe God for these unlimited resources while in our time-bound existence. Paul is telling us we can have the very things while on earth that we already possess because of Christ's great gift to us. We might as well exercise our rights to it now, for we possess an unlimited supply to draw from.
Some might say this sounds a bit mystical and not worth the time to consider God's unlimited power and love in eternity. However, I would suggest that to do so prepares us for that place where we will spend the most significant part of our existence. We must become so heavenly minded upon this earth that we are no longer any good for this world. When we consider God's unlimited character and how we will continue to grow in His image, it does matter how we approach our time on earth preparing for eternal life. A right understanding will only cause our faith and character to grow while here, beloved. For the day will come when we will be changed in an instant into His image. What happens after that and how we grow in God is only to be imagined! May Jesus continue to reveal the greatness of His power to us all, especially His love, until that day when time is swallowed up by eternity.
Lord God Almighty, may we continue to understand how great is Your power toward us who believe. May we allow Your presence through our faith to transfigure us, even now, drawing upon Your unlimited attributes. May we continue to become like Your Son until time finally gives way to the eternal. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Your Barefoot Servant,
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