The Timeless God
Bible Reading: Psalm 90, 93:1-2; Ecclesiastes 3:11
I don’t know about you, but we’ve got a lot of clocks around our house. I’ve got one on this computer, another on my watch, and still another on my smartphone. There are several in the kitchen, on the oven and the microwave. Even the TV tells me what time it is and so will Alexa if I ask her! I’m thinking maybe the clocks have gotten the best of us, demanding we do this, or do that, at a particular time. “Ticktock, ticktock” they say as our lives go by one moment at a time.
We may be creatures subject to the dictates of time, but God is not. God is eternal. And while this subject may require significant time to consider, I believe it will be time well spent. The eternity of God Himself is an extraordinary truth.
What is meant by this particular doctrine? The hardest thing to comprehend is the fact there’s never been a time when God was not and there will never be a time when He ceases to be. As the Psalmist declared “from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2). We’ve already considered the infinitude of God; the eternity of God is similarly transcendent. It’s difficult for us time-bound creatures to comprehend a timeless God.
C.S. Lewis likened God’s eternality to a sheet of paper which extended infinitely in both directions. He suggested we take a pencil and draw a short line segment representing time, for just as that line begins and ends on the infinite piece of paper, so time finds its beginning and end in God.
The month of January derives its name from the Roman god, Janus, who was thought to be the god of gates and doors. With one face looking forward and one looking back, he was hung over doorways and was said to hold the key to what was and what is to come. The God we worship is far greater than that.
God is infinite–He isn’t bound by time . From our perspective life happens in a series of events…one thing leads to another and so on. We remember some things from our past and can’t see into the future. But God dwells in eternity. He exists in the past, present and future simultaneously. History is not a series of random events spiraling out of control towards some unknown destiny. Nothing which happens on earth is a surprise to the One who reigns over all in heaven. He is the sovereign and eternal God who declares “the end from the beginning.” He will accomplish His purpose (Isaiah 46:10; Cf. Ephesians 1:11).
We wear watches, but thankfully God does not. The eternity of God draws us to Him. A. W. Tozer put it this way, “’He hath set eternity in their heart,’ says the Preacher, and I think he here sets forth both the glory and misery of men. To be made for eternity and forced to dwell in time is for mankind a tragedy of huge proportions. All within us cries for life and permanence, and everything around us reminds us of mortality and change. Yet that God has made us of the stuff or eternity is both a glory and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled…God’s eternity and man’s mortality join to persuade us that faith in Jesus Christ is not optional.” The good news is that “our Savior Christ Jesus…(has) abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Timothy 1:10).
Heavenly Father. We praise You as the God without beginning or end, the eternal God who knows the end from the beginning. Thank you for purposing from eternity to send Your Son to rescue us from our mortality. Thank you for choosing us before the foundation of the world! Thank you that nothing which happens in this world is a surprise to You. Help me to live my life in view of what matters for eternity. Amen.
“Trust in the Lord forever,
For the Lord God is an everlasting rock.”