Our Everlasting God
August 28, 2023
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.” Isaiah 40:28
“Time is money”, “time waits for no one”, and “time flies when you are having fun” are all common phrases. But the truth is, time is a difficult thing to grasp. There are phases of our lives when we wish time would speed up, and other moments when we wish we could just hit a pause button. Yet, time is out of our control. We are bound by its limits, but our God is not. The life of Abraham reminds us of this fact.
At one point in his life, Abraham doubted God’s promise of descendants and land because he thought he and his wife were out of time. But God in his everlasting faithfulness kept his promise by giving them a son. Years later, Abraham makes a pact with his neighbor Abimelech in Genesis 21. The covenant they make, acknowledges Abraham’s right to a well and area of land. This covenant is significant because it is another fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.
Upon completion of the covenant, Abraham immediately calls God his “El Olam” in Genesis 21:33. Translated, this means “everlasting God”. Abraham’s declaration of God as everlasting, points to his trust in the Lord’s promises. God is not limited by Abraham’s concerns or mistakes. He is everlasting and his love never changes.
Our lives can change quickly. In the blink of an eye we can find ourselves taking a new job, learning to live without someone we love or embracing a different phase of life. These changes, whether expected or unexpected, exciting or disheartening, can leave us feeling untethered. But the Bible reminds us that with every change there is one thing that remains the same, our eternal God. Isaiah 40:28 boldly declares the praise of our God: ” Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.”
Our Lord has no beginning or end. His greatness is beyond our understanding and yet his presence is always with us. Just as God’s love for Abraham never failed, his love and mercy for us are unchanging. When everything else wavers, let that truth fill our hearts with hope.
Take a moment to reflect this week on your eternal God. How does God’s everlasting nature impact your worship? What area of your life do you need to hold on to God’s unchangeable love? Who around you needs to be reminded of God’s everlasting presence?
Heavenly Father, Thank you for being our everlasting God who is above all time and space. You existed before the earth was spoken into motion and you will be until the end of time. You alone are worthy of our praise. Help us to trust in your unchanging faithfulness and sing of your praises for as long as we live. We pray this in the name of your son, Amen.
Spiritual Care Coordinator
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