Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Everlasting in God

He stood and measured the earth;
He looked and startled the nations.
And the everlasting mountains were scattered,
The perpetual hills bowed.
His ways are everlasting.”
Habakkuk 3:6

Our human perspective of eternity is rather tainted. We can look to the verses above from Habakkuk and see the evidence of this faulty thinking. Most of the time, and to most people, the earth we live on is seen as secure, the nations which are established impress upon us that their stakes on this earth firm, and the terrain around us takes on the nature of being consistently stable. But those thoughts are generated from within our simple minds that see time as a mitigating factor to life, and the time line of our world as the beginning to the end. God does not operate on this line of thinking though, as Habakkuk goes onto explain: “His ways are everlasting.” And, God has the ability to make even those things that we would like to label as “stable” and “consistent”, mere objects of time which can be “scattered” or “bowed” by His simple command.

To even start to dwell on the fact that God has the attribute of being everlasting, which is the attribute we are on as we continue to follow AW Tozer's book The Attributes of God, we first need to put away any thought that anything but God lasts forever and has been around since forever. God is, was, and continues to be “from everlasting to everlasting”. There was no beginning to Him, there is no now for Him, and there is no end to Him – He just is and He just was and He just will be, all mixed together and all at the same time.

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,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.”
Psalm 90:1-2

If we really consider our true place in the midst of our eternal God, our lives become extremely small in comparison, and that is a really good place to be because thoughts such as these keep us in a place of humility before our great and awesome God. In realizing that God is more than we could ever be, more than we could ever attain, more than we could ever fathom, more than we could reach out and grasp, and more than we can even venture to understand, we find ourselves in a place where resting in Him is our only option. God our Father wants nothing more than to bring us all into His all consuming eternal arms and provide for each of our needs from His unlimited nature. We have no ability to provide for ourselves in this manner. We are limited, yet He is limitless. We need God because of how limited we are, but we cannot come to God unless we are willing to admit that we can do nothing on our own or from our own limited resources – it all must be His work in us.

AW Tozer had some great things to say today in his chapter about God's eternal attribute and our need for Him if we desire to share in an eternity with Him. The sad fact is that many people go through their entire life not even thinking about the fact that their eternity rests upon their choices here on this earth, and when that realization finally does come to them on judgment day it will be too late to decide to change. Our time here is short, eternity after this life is forever. The best choice we can make today is to realize that God is even more necessary to us than anything this world offers us in the form of what we like to call stable. God alone is stable, because He alone is eternal – “everlasting to everlasting”.

You and I are creatures of time and change...God sits above time, dwelling in eternity: 'from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God.'...You need God, for God is your eternity. You need God, for God is your tomorrow. You need Jesus Christ for Jesus Christ is your tomorrow. He's your guarantee of that which will be. He's your resurrection and your life. And when the sun has burnt itself out and the stars have been folded up like a garment, God will still be, for God dwells in an everlasting now that nothing can get to. And He takes His children who believe in His Son into His bosom, into the heart of the everlasting now.” AW Tozer

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