“As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He is mindful that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass—he blooms like a flower of the field; when the wind passes over, it vanishes, and its place remembers it no more.” Psalm 103:13-15
I have at times pondered the fact that life seems to move slowly in regards to growth of the human personality in understanding. It seems we are not quick to catch on to things. Perhaps that is because we do not know our purpose, why we are here.
Last night, I don’t know what show I was watching, but it began to seep in my consciousness why life seems to move slowly. (I think the show was NCIS, that crime fighting group that works to set things aright.)
God gives us humans the gift of TIME. Time to learn, to grow, to change, to become aware, and to learn to love. It is His mercy that does this. His grace and mercy knows that we are but dust. But He has great hope and faith for His people. And He is patient with us.
I think I could say with some certainty that one reason we are all here on the earth is to learn to love Him and consequently, others. Author Paul E. Billheimer maintains in his book, Don’t Waste Your Sorrows, that the kingdom of God that will eventually be established here on the earth is ruled by love (which must be true, because God IS love and Jesus IS love). It follows then, that must be our purpose too. If we are to rule in that kingdom along with Jesus (see post here), then it follows that we must love as God loves. Much like a baby needs time to grow and develop in adulthood, we too need TIME to, first “see” the purpose for our salvation and our existence, and then pursue the plan of God for our lives. We must develop the character, the ability, to learn to love, before we can ever rule in the midst of our enemies as He did. 1 Corinthians 14:1 even says to “Pursue love…”
Jesus made this possible for ALL of humanity, not just a select few, by His death as payment for our sins. This frees us, first, from the burden of guilt and shame. We get to “start over.” His resurrection defeated the devil’s plans for Him (and us) and secured our own resurrection, in a sense, as a new species of mankind that never existed before. We are endowed with His victory and His power if we will accept it. We have been elevated, brought out of the power of the darkness we once lived in. Now we can live in His light, which is total freedom. We are accepted by our Creator and brought into relationship with Him.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17
“For here is the way God loved the world—he gave his only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! “ The Passion Translation