We should not limit God like that because He sees our lives against the backdrop of eternity. II Peter 3:8 says, “Do not forget this one thing that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” We cannot forget that we are people of eternity. Our identity is rooted in the timeless dimension of eternity:
We have an eternal Father. - Deuteronomy 33:27 We serve an eternal Lord. - John 8:58, 17:5 We are filled with an eternal Spirit. - Hebrews 9:14 We have an eternal inheritance. - Matthew 25:46 We have an eternal soul. - Genesis 2:7 We have an eternal home. - II Corinthians 5:1, Ecclesiastes 12:5-7
Grasping the notion that you will live forever will allow you to view time from a different perspective: We can know that God’s providence is working on our behalf at all times. - Romans 8:28 We can know that we are not at the mercy of society’s time squeeze-that we can prioritize by long-term results not short-term pressures. - Matthew 6:33 We can place our values on the things that endure. - I John 2:17, Romans 14:17 We can separate the trivial from the important. - Matthew 23:23 We can know there is always time to do the will of God. He enables us to do all He expects. - Philippians 4:13
Proper planning can help us fulfill God’s will. This means we must make decisions that determine our activities and priorities. Joshua 24:15 says, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” If we do not prioritize we can be sure that someone else will do our planning for us.
If you limit God, you only limit yourself.