Despite the great revelations given me in the book of The Revelation of St. John the Divine, I can’t tell you how wonderful the New Jerusalem is going to be for all believers.
Yes, I have read my Bible, and yes I am a pastor and a preacher of the holy, inspired, preserved Word of God, and no, I am not completely stupid! The problem is, this thing is done on such a grand scale, is so “otherworldly,” and is so perfect and beautiful, that my mind cannot process it all. Ephesians 3:20 gives some insight into my own mental limitations “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.” That’s right, God’s power is so magnificent, (that same power that He is working within us) that He is able to do “exceeding abundantly above” anything that I can think. Just try to imagine that!
We have a picture of our current state of mind when we revisit the Queen of Sheba’s words upon seeing the magnificence of King Solomon’s kingdom, (1 Kings 10:6-7 “And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard.) What Sheba had been told was so unbelievable to her that she had to check it out for herself, and then, when she did see it, it was even more spectacular than what she had trouble believing in the first place. In fact, it took her breath away “…there was no more spirit in her.” (1 Kings 10:5)
This takes me to what Zophar the Naamathite said to Job in Job 11:6 (not that I’m a fan of Zophar – it’s too easy for some to kick a man when’s he’s down; but what he said does make me think) “And that he would shew thee the secrets of wisdom, that they are double to that which is!” And the Jerry Mitchell comment on this goes back to the “exceeding-ness” of God’s wisdom – that it is way, way above what we can even imagine.
When we begin to talk in terms of eternity and infinity, whether it be of power, or time, or good things to come, we are in some high cotton. But today, just imagine that what you’ve got coming is much more than you can imagine! (How’s that for a brain twister?) Take your greatest imagination, and know that your future is way, way, grander than that!
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9) This I know; it’s going to be spectacular!!! Just think about that today as you go through your daily tasks!
Love to all,