Monday, December 1, 2014

Why God's Eternity is Our Delight

"LORD, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God."  Psalm 90:1-2
Every single one of God's attributes is an infinite treasure chest just waiting to be explored and delighted in and strengthened by.  God's eternity is no different.  It is a pure wonder to the soul that God had no beginning.  In fact, philosophically speaking, "beginning" has no reference point in God.  The word "beginning" has reference to time, but God is wholly outside of time-"from everlasting to everlasting you are God."  There is no "beginning" in God just like there is not a succession of moments within God, for both of those things are properties of time, and not eternity.

Our God does not live within the chains of minutes and hours and days.  That prison cannot contain Him.  The implications that flow from this spill into our very souls.  A.W. Tozer reflecting on this says
"How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.  Eternal years lie in His heart.  For Him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with Him all the riches of limitless time and endless years.  God never hurries.  There are no deadlines against which He must work.  Only to know this is to quiet our spirits and relax our nerves."
Our God never hurries.  He is never anxious.  He is never double-booked, or overwhelmed, or in need of a break.  That is the God that reigns over this earth and over His saints.

Beyond those delights, the most delightful thing about God's eternity is that it is accompanied by God's love.  If God is eternal, so are all His other attributes, not least of which is love.  God is love eternally.  He was love before He laid the foundations of the earth.  He was love in the garden, during the conquest of Canaan, during the Babylonian captivity.  He was love from Genesis to Malachi.  He was love when He turned away from His Son on the cross, and He will be love when He pours out His judgment on the earth.  God's love is from everlasting to everlasting.  And that is good news for those in Christ.  God never began loving His people.  God could no more "begin" to love us any more than He could "begin" to be God.  Nothing can "begin" in God. His love is an everlasting love (Jer. 31:3).  It is indestructible, invincible and infinitely intimate.  It is the answer to all our longings, and will be our constant companion long after the sun and the moon run it's course.   God is our dwelling place in all generations.  

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