“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” – Psalm 90:2
Have you ever stopped to contemplate eternity?
Eternity can be a difficult concept for us. Everything we experience in life has a beginning and an end. Some things have been around a long time, but we know that at some point, they didn’t exist. Some things may go on long after we die, but they will end.
- What are some of the oldest things you can think of?
- What are the things which will last the longest?
When I think about these questions, I think of stars and mountains and oceans. I think of some sharks that live hundreds of years or the Methuselah tree in California which is over 4000 years old. These things are old and can last a long time, but they aren’t eternal.
Pondering the Eternal
God is eternal. He has no beginning and no end. He was not born and He will not die. To some extent, I think I can wrap my mind around eternity in the future. It doesn’t seem all that different from something that could exist for millions of years.
Eternity into the past, however, I find completely mind-blowing. How can something not have a beginning? How can God have just always existed? Yet, He has.
It’s good to ponder these things from time to time. Not only does it help us better understand God, but it puts things into a different perspective.
They say that for most people, their sense of history begins around the time they were born. Everything before they were born seems academic, it’s just stories. This can warp our sense of reality and make us greater in our own eyes than we are. It’s good to realize that God existed before us and even before creation and He will exist forever. It humbles us.
Take a few minutes to really ponder eternity.
You were before the oceans touched the shore and before the light of a single star. Remind me of Your greatness and Your wisdom. Keep me humble.
In Christ’s Service,