The 1st of Eternity

I sought the LORD and He heard me, and delivered me from all of my fears. Psalms 34:4, KJV


If you were to look at the calendar you might think that today is the 24th of November. And you would be right if you are looking at it from merely a physical point of view. However, if you are looking from a spiritual viewpoint, today is the 1st of Eternity, for in reality that is exactly what this day is. In fact from God's perspective everyday is the first day of eternity.


Consider this truth by examining the passage above. In this Psalm, David is recording the events surrounding the time he fled from King Saul. The ironic part of this is that until that day David had been a champion in King Saul's service. In fact, it is likely that there was no man in Saul's kingdom who was more loyal to him than was David. But, kings being who they are, Saul somehow decided that David was a threat to his power and had determined the best solution was to just kill him.


So David went from being a commander in the army of Israel, to public enemy number one - just like that. To compound his peril, in his haste to escape Saul, David had fled to the land of the Philistines - to the hometown of Goliath. If you recall from your history, David had inflicted a heavy loss upon the Philistines some time earlier by defeating their champion Goliath, thus beginning the downfall of the power of the Philistines. Essentially, David had gone from the frying pan into the fire.


What is David's reaction? He seeks the Lord. And the result of this reaction? He is delivered! So, David goes from one enemy to another and instead of having his life end, God delivers him to a new life: In effect, the first day of his eternity!


Would such a "rescue" be helpful to you? We have seen a year like few others. Everyone seems to be panicking over physical terrors, from disease and political intrigue, to financial difficulties and food shortages. So what are we to do? What did David do? Did he give up when things looked bleak? No, David sought the Lord! He prayed and God heard that prayer and delivered him. And he got a new start to a new life!


And we can too... if we have the wisdom and courage to do so.


Do you?


As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For He says, "In the time of my favor, I heard you, and in the day of salvation, I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.  II Corinthians 6:1-2, NIV (1978)