Heaven

“And you will know that I am the Lord…” – Ezekiel 6:7

The book of Ezekiel is replete with statements like this, wherein God consistently unveils Himself to an obdurate, obstinate, and stubborn people. And, in this statement we see a glimpse of the larger purpose behind the bible and the creation of all mankind. Specifically, that God would be glorified as man becomes eternally satisfied and man will become eternally satisfied as He holds God most glorified.

Think back to the dawn of creation when the earth was formless and void. A Creator stands over the deep and with unending imagination begins to weave together a master plan via the whisper. Why would that Creator take the time to design something inherently allowed toward flaw unless He intended to showcase a rescue? Why would that Creator intentionally purpose a piece of pottery, with free will, that would be allowed to mar itself, unless He intended to instruct that pottery towards being something more than clay? The very essence of human free will itself espouses God’s omniscient allowance of our failure so that in our failure His unlimited perfections would be rendered and valued.

Would we learn?

And, then the Creator chose Israel. Not a mighty nation but a small nation, really only one man and not a man especially brilliant, crafty, athletic, or powerful. The man did not choose the Creator, the Creator chose him. And, every time the man and his ancestors walked obedient to the Creator they multiplied and conquered while every time they mocked and murmured at the Creator they collapsed. Surely, this would be enough for the world to notice that when a people hold God as most glorified than they would find themselves eternally most satisfied.

Would we learn?

The Creator then determined He would come in Person. He, the fullness of the Godhead, stepped foot onto earth in human form, taking the shape of a small child and breathing the very two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen He was allowing exist. He allowed himself to be raised by men, befriended by men, hated by men, mocked by men, and even destroyed by men so that He could come back to life in front of these men and prove to them once and for all that His glory was complete and in Him they could eternally be satisfied.

Would we learn?

And, one day soon this Creator plans to return and touch His foot to the Mount of Olives, staging a holy takeover and constructing a restoration empire, the likes of which has not been seen on earth, that will once and for all symbolize to every created thing that eternal satisfaction rests only in His eternal glory.

But, friend, if you have waited until the return, you will have waited too long.

Treasure His glory today and rest full in His satisfaction forever.

Posted by Anthony Wood

Anthony is Pastor of Mission Bible Church in Tustin, CA, and has authored the books Defining Church & Defining Family. He’s married to Bre, and they have three children. More @AnthonyGeneWood

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