I do not believe that many people think about the eternal anymore, I believe the world has finally reached the point of being able to produce so much information and so many ways of exhibiting it, that the average person is being consumed by an intentional information overload, intentional in the manipulation of it as well as the content, meant to create continuous diversions.
Our adversary understands the eternal quite well, he lives in both the temporal and the spiritual realms, and can draw all he needs from a wealth of over six thousand years of experience on how to manipulate the human mind, the more diversions, the easier it is to keep their, our, minds preoccupied with the “here and now” and the “what ifs.” Almost all information must be available to all, at any time, so that the one piece of important information will pale in comparison, so that the Word of God will seem dull in comparison, so that what will be will seem such a long way off.
The information overload is being done intentionally, today’s news must be made to seem important, until tomorrow arrives, and the majority of people on this planet have fallen right into this trap, faces in their handheld devices, and now with social distancing and lockdowns, information given to them through those devices are their anchor, they are their lifelines to what is deemed important.
I would ask you for a moment to envision a scenario, two people, pick the place in your mind, deserted island, high up in the mountains, your choice, plenty of food and fresh water, all the necessary items needed to survive at their disposal, but no outside information. No books, television, internet, just two people in an isolated place, alone together. Tell me, what do you think these two individuals would talk about. “He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.” (Eccl. 3:11) Inevitably and always, the conversations in these types of scenarios turns to the eternal, in whatever fashion the people decide upon, whether it be just these two, or entire nations, is there more after here is the question that always arrives.
Satan is attempting at full speed to get people to listen to everything, and it is working quite well for him, from the daily grind to the daily “breaking news,” anything and everything to keep them blinded. Pick a subject, any subject of the world, devote your entire life to it, and not only will you find that you have wasted your entire life, but in a few short decades or centuries, all of your efforts will be completely forgotten and seem as irrelevant and useless to those of the next days.
The eternal, where we will spend the entirety of forever, apparently is not the burning question on everyone’s mind, or everyone would be talking about it, instead today is of value, with no thought whatsoever to what is approaching for every person on this planet, death. I have asked this question several times in the past to individuals, and have, nearly every time, received laughter in response, then mild mocking, and then, sadly, they have left my presence and drifted back into the world that they see as so important.
“What do you plan on doing two hundred years from today.” The words are almost always the same, “I will be dead.” The realization of death, that death comes for all, is the key to beginning contemplative thoughts on eternity, yet it is the one thought that nearly every human being will shy away from, the thoughts they fear the most. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) Only those who put away thoughts of the temporary, only those who will contemplate what that one moment will be like, the moment you open your eyes “there” after closing them “here” for the last time, can truly be reached for Christ, for those who would serve Him here must die to self here, (Gal. 2:20) before they can even begin to think of the afterlife.
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?” (1 Cor. 15:55) “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil. 1:21) “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” (Rev. 12:11) “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.” (2 Cor. 5:8) Do you think the Lord has been trying to tell you something, are you beginning to see.