“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and Amen”.
Ps 41:13 NIV
One of the difficult aspects of life for human beings on planet earth is the passage of time. Nothing ever stands still. There is always development and decline – and they are both going on at the same time. Some new thing is always coming to birth and some old thing is passing into disuse. In some cities in France an interesting development is taking place. The problem of traffic congestion is so great that they are banning access to private vehicles on main roads in city centres and re-introducing trams, which had been discarded sixty to seventy years ago. But human beings only grow old. We are men and women of our time and the older we get the harder we find it to discard the ways and things of yesterday and get into the new things.
The Hebrews knew intuitively that there was one aspect of exist- ence that never aged – God. For them he was before the universe existed. And he will be when the universe has ceased to exist. He never ages, grows or fades away. He is. And this is part of the wonder and mystery of the being we call God. He is “from everlasting to everlasting”. True faith knows that there is something – someone – who is out of reach of the ravages of time and yet who impacts on what goes on all the time in time.
Christians know that in Christ the eternal entered into time connecting time with eternity. In faith we link ourselves with, and bind ourselves to, the Christ of time and he gives our little lives the significance of eternity.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, enlarge my scanty thought to know and to love you.