GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE

Scripture Reading: Habakkuk 3:5-7

“He stood and measured the earth; He looked and shook the nations; then the eternal mountains were scattered; the everlasting hills sank low. His were the everlasting ways.” (Habakkuk 3:6)

In this anthropomorphic revelation of God, God is seen as surveying the earth. He does so to prepare for the judgment that is to come upon it. Remember that this section of Habakkuk deals with God’s impending judgment upon the Chaldeans and all the peoples on the earth who are in rebellion against God.

God’s eternal ways are in contrast to the finite ways of creation. The mountains that seem to be eternal were scattered and the hills that seemed to be everlasting were made low. But God’s ways are eternal. Nothing can change what He has ordained.

God has an eternal purpose. He is redeeming a people to spend eternity with Him in the new heavens and the new earth. All of history is moving toward the consummation of His purposes. All that seems permanent to us will go away; God alone is eternal and He has established an eternal purpose that includes all His chosen people.

This gives me great hope. One day all things will be restored; all things will be made right again, as they were in the creation prior to the Fall. God is in control of human history. He has an eternal purpose for His people — for us to dwell in His glorious presence throughout all eternity.

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away and the sea was no more. And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God'” (Revelation 21:1-3).

Sovereign Lord of this universe, I know that Your ways are eternal. Forgive me for getting too comfortable with the temporal things of this world. Let me live with the end in mind. I long for the day when Jesus comes back and restores all things.

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