“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9 New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 2:9 (Amplified Bible): As the Scripture says, “What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed].” This verse references Isaiah 64:4, from which it quotes, and Isaiah 65:17, printed below.
Isaiah 65:17: For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth. And the former things shall not be remembered or come into mind. [Isaiah 66:22; 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1.]
I haven’t seen that much of God’s wonderful created world but what I have seen amazes me. These are the three prettiest scenes I’ve ever seen; perhaps since I’ve lived mainly on the Texas Gulf Coast, I’m partial to the mountains. I took these photographs while on vacation in Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, both in Wyoming.
Besides these awesome scenes, I’ve seen many other pictures and TV shows about further wonders. I watch birds and photograph flowers because they show the diversity of God’s wonders and how each thing fits in its own niche. These are all common everyday miracles God put on earth for our enjoyment.
Grand Teton, Yarrow & Sage
A mockingbird sings outside our dinette window every morning; the sound of the surf washing up on the shore; a baby’s cry; children’s laughter while they play; beautiful hymns with a pipe organ; the contemporary worship of my own church; the sound of a loved one’s voice. All these delight our ears.
Modern technological miracles exist that fifty years ago were only dreamed about by the most advanced scientists. When most of us reading this grew up, we couldn’t imagine a laptop computer, much less a telephone that has most capabilities of one. Medical procedures continually advance, allowing people to live much longer with diseases that would have quickly killed them years ago. Yes, people’s minds imagine things today that the most brilliant genius wouldn’t think possible years ago.
The Bible tells us God has made ready for His beloved children a new heaven and a new earth incredibly more than we can begin to imagine, hundreds of times better than these pictures. That’s just a tiny part of what God promises His children. Long ago I wrote a poem about someone entering heaven and falling at Jesus’ feet, then seeing and worshipping God. Attention centered on our Creator and Redeemer, then proceeded to all the other the sights. This verse seemed the only one proper. Truly, we can’t begin to imagine what God prepared for us.
Besides living in such an optimal place with our Father, Savior and the Holy Spirit, we’ll enjoy long conversations with loved ones and people from the Bible. God’s promises of eternal rewards occur throughout the New Testament. What a wonderful verse God provides about eternal life. I believe this verse also applies to the life we’re living now as well. That idea follows in Part 2.