Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. (2) Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God (PS. 90:1-2).
Listen to these two phrases: before the mountains, or the earth, or the world, and from everlasting to everlasting. What are they telling us? They are talking about the eternality of God.
Sisters, we must be clear who our God is. We must know this God that we put our total faith and trust in to deliver us after death into a heavenly rest with Him.
Thinking about God, really thinking about Him, is hard for us.
It is hard to get our frail minds around just who and what He is. But, let’s just meditate on Him for a few minutes. We are so attuned to our world – our earth – and really, our little spot on it. We are comfortable here and we can think about hurricanes, and earthquakes and years and months and people who come and go out of our lives. These are normal, natural things to us. They may not always be pleasant but we can understand them.
But, we think lightly about God. We know he is out there, invisible. We except that He made us, redeemed us, justified us, sanctifies us, and will one day glorify us. We are told the Holy Spirit lives within us. We can’t feel him, physically, although we do sometimes feel Him spiritually. But to think of someone who has always been and always will be; who has no beginning and no end – that is hard. Time for us is concrete. We depend upon it to govern our lives. We know we have beginnings and endings. How could someone always be – no beginning, no end?
Of old you laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you will endure; yes, they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak you will change them, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end (PS. 102:25-27).
Verse 25 tells us that the heaven and earth are God’s creation and Verse 26 tells us that they will perish. God will change them like a man changes a cloak. But, even then, He will be the same, always and the same.
Remember, the great “I Am” passages? When Moses asked God whom shall he tell the Children of Israel sent him? And God said tell them “I Am”. Jesus said before Abraham was “I Am”. I think He used that name because that was the best way He could describe His eternality to us. I Am: always have been and always will be. Everything we know, touch, feel, or see has a beginning and end. Only God does not.
Jesus said of Himself in Rev.1: 8, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
Ps 145:13 says, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and your dominion endures throughout all generations.”
God doesn’t pass time like we do. To him “one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
He created us to live in time. Our days are lived in succession. What does that mean? The coming of one person or thing after another in order, sequence or in the course of events, or a number of persons or things following one another in order or sequence.
Ps. 102:27 said He is the same. God is permanent, and remains complete and whole unchanged in all His perfect attributes for eternity or everlasting to everlasting.
We have succession. Everything happens to us in a succession of events. Beginning, middle, and end. Birth, life, and death. We get up in the morning, brush our teeth, dress, eat, read the Bible, garden or walk or work, eat, work some more, or take a nap, eat, watch TV or read, go to bed. That’s our life lived out in succession: one event or activity after another. Time is passed successively: one minute after another until an hour is pasted, one hour after another until a day is pasted, one day after another, you get my point. That’s the only way we can live because we are in time. It moves onward and so moves us.
But, God is not like that.
We are everyday in a state of change.
We get up in the morning and we are different when we go to bed at night. Something is added to us, perhaps knowledge, disease, or weight (hate that) and something has been taken away: brain cells, hair, or weight (love that). Everyday there is a change in our age, circumstances, or body.
God is wholly unlike us. He is whole, complete; nothing is ever added or taken away. He is not today something He wasn’t yesterday. His nature or essences never changes – never has changed.
Hebrews 1:12 says: “Like a cloak you will fold them up, and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not fail.”
There is no past or future with Him. All things are at once.
An old Puritan said, “He sees all things sliding under Him in a continual variation; He beholds the revolutions in the world without any change of His most glorious and immovable nature.”
In eternity past, in the council of the Godhead, God decreed His purpose and plans for creation. He decreed as a complete act, but carries out His plans in succession in time.
To God creation through redemption is one complete decree. As far as He is concerned it is a done deal.
What does that mean to us, dear sister?
It means when in the eternal mysterious mind of the Trinity you were conceived – God set His love upon you and has not, nor ever will, through all eternity remove it. His love for you was decreed and God who does not change (so once He has decreed something it cannot change) will never stop loving you. But more, He doesn’t love you more or less than when he decreed you. He loved you perfectly then and He will always.
In the decree of God first came the creation of the world, then the redemption of the world – in order, successive – but the decree was one from eternity.
Our security lies in the fact that God’s eternality and immutability go hand in hand. God couldn’t be immutable if He had a beginning. He would then have changed, by passing from not being to being.
God says in Malachi 3:6: “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore, you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.”
Ps. 48:14 “For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.
Do you believe this dear sister? Then get up and be joyful.
Be joyful even in the midst of a pandemic.
Be joyful even in the midst of political unrest.
Remember who your God is.