Monday, January 5, 2015

El Olam - Forever He is God!


Psalm 90 verse 1 declares, “Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.” This is a personal testimony of the person offering the prayer… God has always been God. God's followers dwell with Him.

El-Olam means the Everlasting God - Isaiah 40:28-31 describes Him as the Creator of the ends of the earth who will not grow tired or weary. Isaiah says that those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, will not grow weary and not faint.

This name for God begins with El which is translated God. When it is used with other words to form one of God's names, it becomes part of the description of God's character. Everlasting is a word that brings thoughts of infinity. It goes on forever. What does an everlasting God mean to me? How long is everlasting?

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. When there was nothing else, at the beginning of time, there was God. He created everything that was created. The earth was formless and empty and His Spirit hovered over it.” He is our Creator and He knows us better than we know ourselves.

What is the benefit of having a God Who has been here from the beginning of time and Who will be here until the end of time? Isaiah says that He will not grow weary. He gave strength to Moses and Abraham. He gave strength to Queen Esther and to Ruth. He came to earth as Jesus Christ and healed the sick, fed the hungry and gave strength to the weak. He gives us His strength today and we can count on Him to be with us tomorrow.

In a world where it seems that nothing is permanent - beauty and physical strength fades, mothers and fathers desert their children, friends disappoint, national heroes turn into common sinners like the rest of us, financial security disappears with the strike of a pen - nothing is everlasting. Only the Creator of heaven and earth can be counted on. Only El-Olam, the Everlasting God can be counted on to always be in control and to always be available when we need Him.

The incredible thing is that you and I are eternal beings too. When we believe and trust in Jesus Christ, we are guaranteed an eternal home with our Everlasting Father.

At the end of the earth as we know it, God is there, creating a new earth. Revelation 21:1 "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away." Revelation 21:3 states: "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them." The Bible says that He will wipe away every tear. He will put an end to death and mourning and to pain.

In an Everlasting God, there can be no greater security than knowing that El-Olam loves me and will always be close when I need Him; whether it is to chase away the loneliness, to wipe away the tears, or to guide me when I am unsure of which way to go…because God was God and proved His faithfulness by His past actions.

It is not about counting the days, but to make the days count. Never forget that you count! You know I love ya, Don

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