I was recently reminded of an old song sung by Bing Crosby in “Going My Way called “The Day After Forever.” Since the movie came out in 1944, I guess that dates me by quite a bit. Actually, it premiered six years before I was born. The final chorus is:
All through a lifetime
I’ll be loving you and then
On the day after forever
I’ll just begin again
Think about it for a moment…the day after forever. Since forever is, by definition, never-ending, what in the world is the day after forever. It’s something that really doesn’t exist. Eternity is eternity. It never stops, so it has no day after. Nor does it have a day before. Yet God has existed throughout all eternity, so if anyone could be in the day after forever, it would be Him.
This eternal God promises us many things in both the New and the Old Testament. Depending on the source, I’ve seen it listed anywhere from 3,573 to 7,000 promises. Based on my own reading, I would say that somewhere over 3,000 is more likely. Not all of them have come true yet, but many have and I believe they all will. The interesting thing is that God didn’t have to make any of them. Yet He did…because He loves us.
In the Old Testament Joshua said, 45 Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass. (Joshua 21:45). In the New Testament Paul wrote, 20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. (II Corinthians 1:20)
The Day After Forever
But, to me, His greatest promise is that He loves us. He always has, does now, and always will…until the day after forever. It doesn’t take a lot of words to explain it. It just requires a little faith to believe it. For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)