“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government shall be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6)
Isaiah prophetically describes Jesus with beautiful strong attributes. He is Wonderful, Mighty and Everlasting. Everlasting, we all have this thing about ‘time’, I know I do, I am not necessarily patient with ‘time’. Yet, time is a divine issue. Ecc 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time, He has also set eternity in the hearts of man. They can not fathom what God has done beginning to end.”
There are moments, seasons of life that seem like everlasting, eternity don’t they. When waiting for the light to turn green when we are desperately running late. When the check is in the mail, and we STILL stand by the mail box. Or, a precious baby to be born. Time. Sometimes we can’t get our head around it, our heart struggles with it.
Jesus says in John 10:30, “The Father and I are one.” Wrap that statement with the Holy Spirit … God, three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I know, trippy at times to try to grasp. Yet, He is Everlasting, meaning God is not limited to the present. The word picture is this: His everlasting faithfulness and goodness to us.. follows us.. is here with us, proceeds us. It is progressive. I see it like one of those funny long conveyor belt ‘walking spaces’ at the airport, where all you have to do is step on it, and off you go, it is moving ahead of you, moving where you are, and moving behind you. In a sense the ‘everlasting’ walking space. THAT is our God, He is here, and behind us, and ahead of us. Ever try to go back? What a waste of energy! It was designed to go forward.
Psalm. 23:6 ~~ David says so poetically — ” Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life’ The word he uses for ‘follow’ is NOT a meandering behind, it literally means ‘pursue’. God PURSUES you, God pursues DeDe with His goodness and mercy. (SHOOT I love my job!)
God was there, is here, will be there! We see our life from one day, to today, to tomorrow. Each season, each setting of life. God is. “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”. ~ Heb. 11:6 (KJV) In our today, we seek Him. If that is our goal our tomorrows are ok, for we can only ‘live’ in the today. (oh, that is good, feel free to quote me – smile)
Everlasting Father, according to Hebrew definition, culture and tradition can also be rendered as the ‘Decider’, the one whom we would go to when a decision needs to be made with wisdom and experience. He is.
This Christmas season, may we truly see God, as MY Everlasting Father… The one whom directs and decides my ‘walking space’, all I have to do is step on. Who was with me, and here NOW, the ever Presence present. He pursues me with His committed love, His promises, His extended grace, and mercy. THIS season of my life… God is. Wisdom needed… God is. In my personal challenges… God is. Tomorrows concerns… God is. My Everlasting Father.
This month, I celebrate my spiritual birthday, December 21,1979. At the age of 16 I gave my heart, life and dreams to Jesus … ’30’ YEARS (please don’t calculate my age, it will only exhaust you) He has been my ‘Everlasting Father’, and will continue to be just that. I am still learning of His love, and commitment to me. Thank you, Pastors Ben & Brenda Peters for introducing your life, love and most of all your God to me. Thank YOU, Jesus for the great “I AM” that You are.
His, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds” ~ Heb. 10:24)
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