Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
(Psalm 90:1-2 NIV)
With today’s fast paced world, it’s difficult to think of anything everlasting. That new gadget that just hit the market will be forgotten, replaced and superseded in an increasing short period of time. We watch as people declare their love for one another before God and then dissolve their union a few years later. Church members jump from congregation to congregation at the least hint of dissatisfaction.
My head spins when I think of the breakneck pace of change. Working in the computer world I see this daily and it’s difficult to keep up with all the changes. Nothing stays the same. I seem to always be struggling to keep up with the change. It’s a fruitless endeavor that is seldom accomplished for more than a day before something changes again.
I’m glad the same cannot be said for God. Just think of how difficult it would be to have faith in something which was constantly changing. The writer to the Hebrews reminds us of God’s immutability as evidenced in His incarnation. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV)
We can count on consistency. If the Lord tells us to believe and we will be saved, that is as true in the first century world as it is today. “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:40 NIV)
The goal post is NOT moving. Salvation is a matter of belief. We are the ones constantly changing and, while on this earth, subject to the ravages of time. Peter tells us, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV)
This world is deteriorating and will eventually decay into nothing. Our desires in this world will go up in smoke. John reminds us, “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” (1 John 2:17 NIV) If we place our hope and life in the hands of the world we will be disappointed when it all comes crashing down.
God does not change. The grace of God is evident throughout history to those who seek His face and accept the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus. This hasn’t changed and is everlasting. John writes the most spectacular everlasting declaration, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)
Has this changed? Nope! Nada! No way! There is comfort in the everlasting love of God. There is excitement in the everlasting care of Jesus. “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” (John 10:27-30 NIV)
Perhaps we should stop looking for the everlasting in a decaying world. I think it’s best to look at the everlasting love and grace of God. There we can find comfort today, tomorrow, and forever.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV)