Isaiah's book ends where eternity begins, with "the new heavens and the new earth”. Isaiah wants his readers to contemplate their eternal destiny based on their present reality. We are given a vision of people from all nations coming to God and worshiping him, in contrast to those who "rebelled" against God and suffer consequences for eternity.
Paul challenges us to live in light of eternity. He says in Philippians 3:12-14, that we are to "press on" and "strain" towards our ultimate destiny. Our present decisions and actions should be determined by the reality of eternity. To only live for the moment is to posture ourselves as "enemies of the cross of Christ”. Instead we should have our eyes fixed on that which awaits us because living for the eighty or so years we have on earth instead of eternity, is to live far too shallow a life.
Question of the day: What can help you to live in light of eternity?
God our Father, thank you that an eternity with you awaits me. Help me to live in light of this reality and to live for that which is eternally significant instead of momentarily pleasing. Amen.