Psalm 35:10 All my bones shall say, “LORD, who is like You…?” (NKJV)
Do you have a sense of amazement, wonder and awe about God? When you think of Him, are you left in speechless contemplation of what, or who, could possibly be compared to God Almighty? “Lord, who is like You?” The rhetorical answer is, of course, NO ONE!
There are so many things about God that are wonderful and amazing, it should be hard to think His name without being left speechless. What words can adequately express God?
At this point, you may be thinking “well, that makes for some nice reading or maybe a good song; but that’s not really how it is in every day life when I think of God.” Well, let’s just see if we can begin to change that!
God is Eternal. He has always existed. Nothing existed before Him. He did not come from anywhere or anything.
HE WAS. HE IS. HE WILL BE.
Does that amaze you?
Have you ever contemplated what “eternal” means? It doesn’t mean God was the first living Being; that would indicate He hasn’t always been here. He was FIRST, but only because He has always BEEN.
“But God has to come from somewhere right?” No. “I mean, He’s been around for like gazillions of years, yeah, but everything starts somewhere, right?” No.
God had no beginning. He IS. He is “I AM” (Exo 3.14). He is SELF-EXISTING… the fact that “existence” exists, only exists because God IS. Deep, huh?
He is Eternity. If you subtracted from God whatever amount of time you can possibly conceive, it would not lessen His life span one second. There’s an old illustration about “eternity” that allows us just a glimpse of what it means:
Imagine a bird. Just an average everyday sparrow. You fill up a bucket of sand. The bird is trained, and able, to take one grain of sand in its beak, fly all the way to the moon, and drop it off. Our sparrow then flies back to earth, gets one more grain of sand, and makes the trip again.
The bird continues this process until the bucket of sand is empty. Once done, you take the bird to the sand box in your back yard. The sparrow then takes one grain of sand from the box and begins his trip to the moon.
After the sandbox is emptied, one grain at a time, each deposited on the moon, you take the bird to the beach. The bird must now clear the entire beach, one grain at a time, flying to moon and back each time. Then it must clear every beach, on every coast in the world. One grain at a time. Each flown to the moon.
When all the beaches are done, you take our weary sparrow to the Great Sahara Desert. It’s task now is to clear the entire Sahara; then EVERY desert in the world, one grain at a time. When that is done, you drain the oceans, and the bird has to clear every grain of sand from the ocean floor, one at a time, flying to the moon, with one grain of sand each trip.
When that is all done, not even ONE SECOND of time will have elapsed in ETERNITY.
Eternity is impossible to explain in the human language. Illustrations like this help us BEGIN to get a grasp, but it is well beyond our comprehension.
Does it amaze you that God has ALWAYS BEEN? It’s a little easier for us to comprehend something being eternal into the future, because we don’t have to struggle with the idea of NO beginning. God had no beginning. God had no beginning. God had no beginning.
I AM that I AM. The First and Last. No beginning, no end. Everything else in all of existence began in Him, but He did not ever “begin”.
If that doesn’t amaze you, I’m not sure anything can.
Great I AM, grant us a glimpse of Your Eternal Existence. May Your Glory cause us to stand in awe at the sound of Your Name. Who is like You Lord! In the Name of the Eternal Son, Amen.
Contemplation: Does anything about God amaze you? Can you remember the last time, if ever, that you were speechless or amazed about God?
Application: Our entertainment mad world sucks the “amazement” and “wonder” about God from our hearts and minds. The only cure is time with God.
James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (NKJV)
- What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
- What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
- What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?