God, Who are You When My World is Shaken? | Isaiah 40:28
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 passage today declares the eternity of God—The Lord is the everlasting God. Let’s break that down. What do we mean when we say that God is eternal?
First, God is without beginning. There was never a time when he was not. Stephen Charnack writes in his classic work, The Existence and Attributes of God, “The gospel is not preached by the command of a new and temporary god, but of that God that was before all ages: though the manifestation of it be in time, yet the purpose and resolve of it was from eternity” (vol. 1, p. 281).
Second, God is without end. He has always been and will always be. There has never been a time when God was not and there will never be a time when God is not. When words describing an element of time are found in Scripture, they refer to our time not to God’s. C. S. Lewis suggests that we think of a sheet of paper that is extended infinitely, That would give us a picture of eternity. Then on the paper draw a short line to represent time. As the line “begins and ends on that infinite expanse, so time began in God and will end in Him” (Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy).
Third, God is without succession. He never changes. Man is in constant change. We acquired something or lose something in our being every day. God, on the other hand, has always been and will always be complete and perfect. He neither receives anything in addition to what He was nor loses anything from His Person.
Ready for this. The eternal God places eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Tozer says it like this: “…God whispers within every man of an everlasting hope; somewhere He will continue to exist.” Somewhere you will continue to exist. Do you know where that place is?
Father, I cannot grasp the concept of no beginning and end. So I bow before you in submission and worship. Thank you for setting eternity in my heart. Thank you for your Son Jesus Christ who allows me to spend eternity with you. In His Name I pray. Amen.