Did you catch last week’s first half about El Olam? Today we’re going to dig a little deeper.
Eternal God. Who is from everlasting to everlasting. The first time I heard that phrase was in a children’s worship song based on Psalm 106:48 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.”
I really didn’t clue into the fullness of that meaning at the time, but that’s a profound statement. Think geometrically. The statement claims that God, like a geometric line, spreads out in both directions without ever stopping. He is just as much behind us as He is in front of us. Both of which go into infinity.
I know I mentioned something along those lines last week, but the whole concept is just so big. I think the depth of this truth just glides past most of us. “Oh of course God’s eternal. Everyone knows that.”
But His eternal nature means so much to us. Christ’s promise in John 14:3 “So that where I am, you may also be.” That’s us! So we don’t have to stress over our afterlife. There’s no such thing because we’re never going to stop living.
This nature of God also blesses us in other ways. I had a plaque on the wall in my childhood home (actually, I had a wallful of plaques, but this one had big letters and stood out.) “Thou wilt keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee.” I worked for a couple of weeks to figure out what all the wilts and thous meant (and don’t get me started on “stayed”). By then, the words firmly ingrained themselves in my mind.
So what does that have to do with El Olam? In Isaiah, this very verse precedes the reason that I can have peace. (26:4) “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” Rock eternal. That’s El (the Mighty One) Olam (who is forever).
Not only is He eternal, but He’s the Rock. Immovable. Unchangeable. and Inexhaustible. That James 1:17 verse that I shared last week applies again!
No wonder we can enjoy peace. As Jeremiah 10:10 expresses: “But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King. When He is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure His wrath.” Now that I think about it, that doesn’t sound very peaceful. Not for the objects of God’s wrath anyway. But that’s not us. We’re the apple of His eye. We have the favor of the King (who has always and will always be on the throne).
El Olam: The One in Power Before, Now, and Always.
Your Turn: Has this name for God uncovered or inspired you?
Interested in the other names of God that we’ve investigated? I’ve set up a whole page about them!