Today, I want to focus on the time after Abraham and Beersheba made a covenant together. The Bible tells us in Genesis 21:33, “And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.” Here, Abraham uses the name, “Yehovah el olam,” calling attention to the Eternality of God. When I read this, my thoughts turned to AW Tozer and his great work The Knowledge Of The Holy. The following are some quotes of his on this subject:
- Because God lives in an everlasting now, He has no past and no future. When time-words occur in the Scriptures they refer to our time, not to His.
- God dwells in eternity but time dwells in God.
- That God appears at time’s beginning is not too difficult to comprehend, but that He appears at the beginning and end of time simultaneously is not so easy to grasp; yet it is true.
- God’s eternity and man’s mortality join to persuade us that faith in Jesus Christ is not optional.
Usually, I end with one of my own prayers. But today, I will leave you with Tozer’s written prayer on the subject of the eternity of God.
This day our hearts approve with gladness what our reason can never fully comprehend, even Thine eternity, O Ancient of Days. Art Thou not from everlasting, O Lord, my God, mine Holy One?
We worship Thee, the Father Everlasting, whose years shall have no end; and Thee, the love-begotten Son whose goings forth have been ever of old; we also acknowledge and adore Thee, Eternal Spirit, who before the foundation of the world didst live and love in coequal glory with the Father and the Son.
Enlarge and purify the mansions of our souls that they may be fit habitations for Thy Spirit, who dost prefer before all temples the upright heart and pure. Amen.