“Could anyone else have done what I did? Who could have predicted all that would happen from the very beginning to the end of time?”
Isa 44:7 GNB
One of the reasons why we sometimes worry about problems and setbacks is that we fail to take what we might call, “the longer look”. Sometimes we do this by ignoring the history and background leading up to the problem, whilst if we had looked at that side of things it might have explained everything. Then we often fail to look ahead. If we had done, we might well have concluded “In a hundred years’ time this will all be forgotten and everything will have returned to normal”.
The Babylonians, and most other ancient people, had no sense of time moving on. For them, time was cyclical. It kept revolving. The clock went round and round. So did the seasons. So did life. There was birth, growth, maturity, decline and death. It was all never-ending. It was the Hebrews who introduced the idea of time moving on. God came and an event happened that had never happened before. Then later he came and another incident happened. These comings were acts of God. The space in between was time. It came from somewhere and was going to somewhere else. It was linear – it proceeded in a line. It came from God in creation and was full of acts of God. It would end in a great act of God about which they could only dream. That is why they could think of a future – and of being restored to their homeland around Jerusalem.
Jesus was the Messiah the prophets had foretold. And he pointed people to the coming final kingdom. That future is still in God’s hands.
Lord, point me ever forward to your great kingdom.