(Friends: during this series, the messages may frequently be longer than usual due to the subject matter. Thanks for your patience, and I think you will find the considerations interesting, and hopefully, helpful in our walk with the Lord. Glen)
Part 26 – “No ‘When? In God”
“Time” involves beginnings, endings, and the sequential passage of events occurring within the span therein. When thinking of God, therefore, we must recognize that He cannot be limited to this temporal measure since “from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God” (Psalm 90:2). Our Lord had no beginning, He will have no ending, and He views all things with an infinite understanding based not on the sequence of events occurring in past, present, and future, but rather on the timeless perspective of “known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world” (Acts 15:18).
There is no “When?” in God. As A.W Tozer once wrote, beautifully, “The flutter of an angel’s wing a thousand years hence is as known unto God as it were occurring in this moment.” As completely mind-boggling as such a concept may be, I personally know of no greater peace-imparting truth for the trusting heart. The One to whom we have committed our lives and eternities sees perfectly all circumstances, conditions, and events as if they were but one moment. God knows every detail of our past, enabling Him to administer complete redemption from our sins. He anticipates all that will transpire in the future, making possible perfect planning for every contingency. Moreover, He knows the present moment with a precise clarity whereby the Lord Jesus Christ comprises God’s supply in exact accordance with our current need. Thus, we need never ask the Lord, “When will You be what I need You to be?” He simply is, in this moment and forevermore. “Before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).
As blessed as this truth may be, it also presents to us a profound challenge of faith. Indeed, when all around us seems to be crumbling, how can we view God as our present supply? When the past seems filled with catastrophic impact on the current moment, how do we look back with anything other than regret? And when no solution or hopeful prospect paves the road lying ahead, whence comes the confidence of “My expectation is from Him?” (Psalm 62:5). Our answers lie in the doctrinal understanding of God’s timelessness, and of the wonder of no “When?” in Him. “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting” (Psalm 41:13).
“He is” proclaims the Word of God. “I Am” declares the Spirit of God. “You are” testifies the church of God. Never need we wait for our Lord to be who He is to us. Never must we ask “When?” We rather confess, “You are, Lord,” and then discover the perfect faithfulness of the timeless God who “inhabiteth eternity” (Isaiah 57:15).
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”