This summer, my teammates and I have been reading through The Knowledge of the Holy by AW Tozer. One of the chapters we read was on the eternity of God, which celebrates the everlastingness of the Lord.
This specific chapter explains that we are bound by time, but God is not. He has no beginning and no end. Tozer goes on to explain that being restricted by time is a source of frustration for mankind, whose hearts have been set on eternity:
“I think…here sets forth both the glory and the misery of men. To be made for eternity and forced to dwell in time is for mankind a tragedy of huge proportions. All within us cries for life and permanence and everything around us reminds us of morality and change. Yet that God has made us of the stuff of eternity is both a glory and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled.”
Tozer references Psalm 90, the prayer of Moses. In this Psalm, Moses reflects on both his morality and the eternity of God. Moses cries “Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!”
Moses recognized that his time on earth was short but that God is faithful to use earthly labors for eternal significance. Because God is eternal and we are limited by time, we can rejoice that He is able to redeem our efforts for eternal value. My teammates and I know we only have a short time in this city, and more and more we are reminded of how quickly this summer is coming to an end. However, we are trusting that God will establish the work we have committed to Him.
Our prayer for the rest of the summer is that the Lord would establish the work of our hands – that the work we have done, the conversations we have had, and the relationships we have built will outlast us far beyond what we can see or know for the glory of God. We ask that you join us in prayer that God would use our efforts for eternal value as we finish up our last week in the city.