“One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – 2 Pet. iii.8
In heaven what delights are in store for me—unutterable, inconceivable, surpassingly sublime!
With the Lord one day is as a thousand years. In His society the shortest period of time will appear the longest, so much will be crowded into it, and it will bring me much marvellous treasures and joys. In that better country a single day will be fraught with satisfaction to my senses, my intellect, my memory, my imagination, my conscience, my will, my heart—satisfaction which I could not find in a whole millennium here. For I shall be with my Lord, admitted to His closest intimacy, transfigured into His beauty, participating in His dominion. “I will not gaze on glory, but on my King of grace.”
Nor need I grieve that these celestial pleasures seem remote and distant from me.
For a thousand years are with the Lord as one day. Let my waiting-time be briefer or more protracted, let the hour of my open acknowledgment and acquittal and reception into my inheritance be far away in my reckoning. He sees the consummation near at hand. The decades and centuries of this world’s chronology are as nothing to Him who is from everlasting to everlasting. It is as if, in the morning, I should look forward to the evening: thus short-lived appears the space which intervenes before I see Him and am with Him where He is. The thought should curb my impatience and should intensify my hope. “Yet a little while, yet a little way,” and I shall enter the Sabbath-rest of God.
Thus, here and hereafter, all is well.
Dr. Alexander Smellie.