He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom . . . from that time on and forever. (Isa. 9:7)
Sharon wanted her boyfriend to propose. They had been dating for over a year, and their relationship was going well. Office conversations were often centered around her anticipation of a proposal and wondering how he would do it.
One day Sharon came into the office and her once empty ring finger now sported a shiny diamond. Everyone gathered around to hear how her boyfriend had proposed. To everyone’s surprise, she sheepishly grinned and said that while she was preparing dinner, she couldn’t take it anymore and blurted, “You better ask me to marry you!” The boyfriend unceremoniously pulled a ring from his shirt pocket, handed it to her, and said, “If you had been patient you would have had a beautiful and romantic proposal.” They laugh about it now, but at the time their difference in timing created some challenges.
God’s perspective is eternal, and he is always right on time. He wants us to embrace his eternal perspective. When we invest in the temporary rather than in eternity, we lose sight of God’s perspective. In today’s society, we often want instant results and quick fixes, making it difficult for our minds to embrace eternity. But God is eternal and is on the throne now and forever, and because there will be no end to his reign of righteousness, we seek the eternal by seeking him.
Choose God’s eternal view—the time is now.
Angela Golden Bryan is a graduate of Wesley Seminary at IWU. Three of her top spiritual gifts are encouragement, service, and compassion. She and her husband live in south Florida and enjoy visits from their two adult children.
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