Traversing the ContinuumMarch 21, 2008
Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”
Revelation 19:6 “And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”
The sheer awesomeness of God defies our ability to adequately express with words. No variation of “great” is great enough and no definition of “love” can even come close the love that he has for us. A love that became manifest two thousand years ago when God became flesh and dwelt among us for the purpose of saving that which was lost. This post is a variation of something that I’ve been thinking on all morning; that being the unfathomable greatness of God. The first passage above tells how God is from everlasting and to everlasting. The second declares his omnipresence. We cannot begin to wrap our minds around such concepts insofar as understanding how they can be, and yet we know that they are true.
This is going to require a little imagination. (be careful) Imagine that someone finally succeeded in creating a time machine that can transport one to another era. After entering this device and seeing the controls that determine its next stop, the first decision would be “where do I go first?” Since our professors of science have concluded amongst themselves that the universe is fifteen billion years old, I think that it would be interesting to go back…say….thirty billion years. (even though time only exists in a linear realm) What it would look like I have no idea, but I know that the God who created all that is would be there. Not only would he be there, he would be the same as he is today.
We can choose any number that we like; a hundred billion years, three trillion years, even a year to match every dollar of our national debt. (Nine trillion dollars and growing.) Regardless of how far back we go, God is there and he remains the same. The concept of “from everlasting” is so far beyond our comprehension that we’ll simply never be able to explain it. If a devout follower of the big bang theory asks us to explain how such a thing is possible, we’ll be unable to come up with a mathematical formula to contain it. It’s amazing how people with an average life span of 70-80 years will make a few observations of the cosmos and determine that they have it all figured out. They call the big bang a “theory” but they treat it as though its fact. I Corinthians 1:17-29 in action.
Proverbs 8:22-23 “The LORD posessed me [wisdom] in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.”
God is from everlasting, unchanging, and his wisdom all-encompassing. This is shown when he tells Moses “I AM THAT I AM.” He has never had to “become” because he has always been. I know that this is a basic fundamental truth and that we’re unable to understand how this can be. Yet thinking about such truths will cause one to proclaim, as the song goes, “My God, How Great Thou art!” It also causes us to be mindful that, whatever turmoil we’re facing in this life, it becomes as nothing when we place our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who is the express image of God. (John 14:6-10, Colossians 1:12-20, Hebrews 1:3) When our complete trust is in Jesus, it doesn’t matter how intense the storms are or how barren the desert is. He is able to provide a table in the wilderness.
James 1:5 “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Re-employing the imagination for a moment, (continue to be careful) suppose that someone had finally created a spaceship that could jump to warp speed; thereby employing the myriad of theories that science fiction writers use to travel to far-flung places in the universe. We are granted a spot on the maiden voyage where we soon find ourselves heading out past the the orbit of the moon and soon out of the solar system. The hum from the anti-gravity propulsion systems increase in pitch until finally, we hear a “BANG” as the ship enters what astro-physicists term a “wormhole.” The next thing that we notice is a steady deceleration as the ship returns to a managable speed. The trip seemed to last only a few minutes, however, we are now orbiting a younger star in galaxyNGC 1365 which resides sixty million light years from the milky way.
I have no idea as to what this place would look like, but all that could be observed from this vantage point would be a part of Gods creation. His presence in this exotic part of the universe would be just as real as it is here on earth. For those who were aboard this ship, Jesus would still be as close as the mention of his name. Spiritual truth isn’t altered by physical circumstances; regardless of how extreme those circumstances may be. Again, this is “christianity 101” but it’s always good to ponder just how awesome our God is and know that he’s in complete control. He keeps the heavenly bodies in the places that he has ordained for them to be.
He also holds in his hand the breath of everyone on the earth; both the saints and the ones who remain outside the household of faith. When we come upon a contrary person, we are witnessing the mercy of God in action as he has no pleasure in the death of the wicked. Just as Gods omnipotence is beyond understanding, his love and compassion is far greater than we can comprehend. A love that was displayed when Jesus Christ went to a cross and shed his innocent blood to pay for our sins. He could have called ten thousand angels and as darkness covered the land, the jeering crowd was tempting him to prove that he is who he claimed to be. Yet he was obediant to the Father unto death. Three days later, he did something else that nobody else has ever done when he rose from the dead. The empty sepulchre testifies that we serve a risen Savior who is alive forever more and has the keys of hell and of death.
Well I’ll close out for now. This may seem like a somewhat odd posting, but I love to think on the awesomeness of God; even though we don’t have adequate words to describe his greatness. We look forward to a day when another thing comes to pass which defies our ability to understand insofar as how it’s possible. When we depart this physical world, if we’re in Christ, we’ll be forever with the Lord Jesus. Time will no longer be a factor and mortality will have put on immortality. As saints, washed in the blood of Jesus, we should be longing for his return and have no desire to remain here, other than to reach those who are outside the ark of safety. I pray that in our remaining moments, we’ll do all that we can to reach the lost. If our perspective is truly eternal, we’ll be about our Fathers business, regardless of the cost in this life. As we remember the price that Jesus paid for us and his resurrection from the dead, I wish to all a blessed weekend in Christ.
Hebrews 1:1-4 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upbraiding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Magesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”
Revelation 4:10-11 “The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for evfer and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”