To any of us who have ventured further than our backyards, there is one thing about nature that mind-bogglingly stands out:
It is the fact that it all seemingly NEVER ENDS.
Even if we were to tread on every inch of soil, sea, and ice on the earth, we still wouldn’t have found time to explore every liquid corner of the deep oceans or to climb every inch of the tropical tree canopies. And as we relish in all of our above-ground discoveries, we may miss the vast underground ecosystems and mineral treasures that exist in the soil beneath our feet. Not to mention the worlds-within-worlds we could tap into when we peer at any of these living things under a microscope.
All of this is very telling about the One who created it all:
Even more than our glorious natural world, HE NEVER ENDS!
There is always more of Him to know and explore. And just when we think we’ve seen it all, He sends down a fresh new wave of life to us which reveals Him in yet another brand new way.
The problem is that our minds have a lot of trouble grasping endless, unlimited riches. Since we live in a fallen world, we have grown used to living under all kinds of constraints. The reality that we have been given full access to a boundless Creator with unlimited, indestructible wealth may take some time getting used to.
And so it often goes in our limited frame of mind: When we face some sort of difficulty or struggle, it all may seem impossible to endure. The need is too great. The hurt runs too deep. The confusion is too overwhelming. We can’t possibly continue to live without that thing we want so much. Or things have just gotten too bad to be redeemed.
Yet so much of our struggle lies in the fact that we may not truly believe that He Never Ends.
Our Lord Jesus wants to be explored. He wants to bring us to a new part of Himself that we never knew existed before. And as we are led to that beautiful new stretch of land, we find it has more than enough resources to meet our need in that situation. And we have the privilege of using all of them.
So what keeps us from entering and getting to experience those new parts of the Land? To answer this question, we need look no further than the Israelites in the Old Testament. The Lord wanted so much to bring them in to the abundant Promised Land, a symbol of the Lord Himself…our true Everlasting Possession (Gen 17:8). But most of those who started out never entered in.
“So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.” Heb 3:19
And it is so easy for us to believe the same. We may look only at the limits of this fallen world or the things we have seen and experienced before and then decide that the Lord is only that big.
True, the backyard is too cold.
But the world is not limited to the backyard.
And so Jesus Christ is not limited to what we know of Him now. He wants to lead us to new places so that the bigger and more ominous our circumstances become, the more He enlarges our experience of Him. And even if we never receive all the physical things we want, we find His unending riches are far better. We can say with the Apostle Paul:
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever!”
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