I know some of you dear readers are worried about your future right now. Last night, someone even contacted me to say they're sleeping in a car and at their lowest point. But dear ones, no matter where you find yourself right now–and how worried or concerned or sad or upset you may feel right now–I wanted to tell you this today:
God has already lived your future. He has seen where you are, where you've been, and where you're going … already.
It's true. Wrap your brain around this beautiful truth:
God is not bound by time. Revelation 1:4 tells us that He has always existed and always will:
John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne….”
God is eternal. But what does it mean for God to be “eternal”?
We often mistake the word “eternal” to mean that God will continue into the infinite future. However, thinking like that assumes that God is bound by time: that there is a part of God that has not happened yet; a time that He has not yet experienced. This is incorrect.
We know this is incorrect for several reasons:
- If there were a part of God that had not happened yet, then God would be incomplete, and as such, imperfect. An imperfect, incomplete God is no god at all.
- If there were a time in the future which God has not yet inhabited, that would mean that God is subject to time. He would be waiting for time to happen to Him. This is also impossible. If God were subject to time, then time would of necessity be superior to God, and God could not be God.
Instead, we know that time is something God created. It's a function of our planet hurtling through space, rotating on its axis around the sun. Scientists call it “space-time.”
Because God created time, He is not subject to time. One day He will roll up the heavens and the earth like a scroll, and there will be time no longer (Revelation 10:6).
What does this mean to you?
Revelation 1:4 tells us that God is “God who is, and who was, and who is to come.” This is the literal truth of who God is, and it's also a great reassurance to us. It means:
1. God is. Right now.
At this very moment, God is everything He has ever been and everything He will ever be.
That means you can rest in Him, because He exists in your “right now,” and He is good. He cannot, by definition, fail to take care of you.
2. God was. He always has been.
At every time in your past, and down through the ages, He was there.
More importantly, though, when I say He “was,” I am referring to His unchanging inhabitation of what is already past in your life. If God did not currently inhabit your past, then your past would be out of reach for Him to fix. Plus, anything out of His reach would be more powerful than He is–and that would mean He couldn't be God.
But God is still in your past and mine. All of time–past, present, and future–is but a blip on God's radar. In your “was,” He still “is.” And THAT is how He can heal your past!
3. God IS to come. He exists, present tense, in what is future to you. He's already in your future.
Again: God is to come. God “is” (present tense) in the future (which is “to come” for me). He is already there.
Our Papa God is so big that He overarches all of time. He's so big that He's not waiting for the future to happen. He “is” there already, in the “to come.”
You will get to your future eventually since you are bound by time. The sun will rise and set enough times that you will arrive at what's in store for your life, one day at a time. Time will happen to you.
But time does not “happen” to God. God happens to time.
The process we call time–this hurtling through space as our planet rotates, producing the rising and setting of the sun and the passing of minutes–is totally beneath God. It's something He created for us to dwell in, but He does not dwell in it Himself.
So God has already happened to your future. As a matter of fact, your past, present, and future are all happening at the same time for God, because time is so much smaller than He is.
God is eternal. And because God has already happened to your future, you can take comfort. He has it all under control.
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them” (Psalm 139:16, NASB).
Does the idea of God being present in your future already bring you comfort and hope? If so, please leave a comment and share! I'd love to hear from you!
This is the first part of a series called “Who is God?” The material here comes from my own Bible study. I am also strongly influenced by the writings of A.W. Tozer on this subject. His book “The Knowledge of the Holy,” 117 pages of powerful descriptions of the Person of God, changed my life. See more in my Reviews page here. If you want to know more about who God is, I highly recommend reading “The Knowledge of the Holy.” Go here: The Knowledge of the Holy to find this book on Amazon.com.
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