Read His Words Before Ours!
Have you ever studied the names of God? Learning about His names gives added meaning to our relationship with God in profound, breathtaking ways.
But honestly, friends, it took me a hot second to come to this understanding. In fact, I have struggled with this particular study. Perhaps it was because I was trying to define “everlasting” in terms that make sense to our time-bound minds, or maybe I wasn’t grasping the whole meaning of the name El Olam, “Everlasting God.”
I turned in one version of the study that I honestly didn’t like, crying because I couldn’t put into words what I knew needed to be said. I knew if the study wasn’t making sense to me, it wouldn’t make sense to those who would read it.
But this week in chapel, God put me right where He needed me to embrace a whole new meaning to His name.
El Olam, “Everlasting God.”
Everlasting calls to mind words like:
For a long time
Hebrews 13:8 declares, “God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Additionally, Revelation 1:8 reminds us He is the “Alpha and Omega [. . .] the One who is, who was, and who is to come.”
In Psalm 90:2, everlasting is described as “from eternity to eternity, You are God.”
In first grade, my teacher wanted us to consider how God is without beginning and He will always be. For a first grader, existence beyond the bounds of time is pretty tough to comprehend. Well, for an adult, it’s hard to comprehend!
We all have our beginning, a moment in time where we became who we are (Psalm 139:13-16). But God is without a beginning; He has simply always been.
For me, the never-ending is significantly easier to understand than never beginning. While everything on earth ends, all will live eternally somewhere. If we believe in God, we’ll spend eternity in Heaven with Him.
Eternity is a long time. Even thinking about it, you can see how I put the constraints of time in the thoughts. But to God, eternity is all the same, a great oneness (2 Peter 3:8-9). He has always existed and He will never cease to exist.
In the Old Testament, the Israelites called God Yahweh, which means “I am.” Yahweh is the most important name of God, in that it encompasses all of who God is. When God spoke to Moses at the burning bush, God gave Moses a new insight into who He is.
“I Am who I Am […] the Lord, the God of your fathers.” (Exodus 3:14-15)
“I Am who I Am” could also be translated “I will be who I will be and I will continue to be.”
I am the LORD, Yahweh, forever, changeless God.
What does this mean for us in our lifetime?
The same as it did for Moses. The God whom we turned against in our sin, sent Jesus to cover the debt of our sinfulness. In John 8:58, Jesus says, “before Abraham was, I Am.”
I am the LORD, Yahweh, forever God.
Our Savior is the same eternal God we read about in Exodus, Psalms, and Revelation.
Our everlasting Savior is the same “I Am” today.
Our forever God is forever:
With time, comes change in our physical, linear world. The seasons change. We see physical change throughout our life. Finances change. Circumstances change.
But God does not, nor will He ever, change.
His character does not change.
His Word does not change.
Isaiah 40:28-31 reminds us of our everlasting God. God doesn’t change; therefore we find strength in Him. When we are left feeling bereft, frightened, or confused by the shifting, time-locked world around us, we can look to our everlasting God.
We can share in His hope, always.
We can share in His peace and His joy, always.
We can share in the unending assurance of His presence, His care, and His provision.
He holds all from before time began and will hold all when time ceases.
He was, and is, and is to come.
He is everlasting.
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!