How can we explain, or even begin to try to understand, the eternal nature of Yahweh? He has always been! Always existed! How can He relate to us in our tiny existence in His incredible universe? He is so immense! And yet, wonderfully, so involved! He loves, cares, shows mercy, protects, and provides for His creation–-and how arrogant we humans are about our few short years in His Universe! Do I take Him for granted? Do I respect Him enough? Do I have Him in perspective? He is, and always has been, ETERNAL!
The early chapters of Genesis are not a record of Yahweh’s first-ever activities. He had been much occupied before that. Paul tells us Yahweh “…chose us in (Messiah) [actually selected us for Himself as His own] before the foundation of the world…” [Ephesians 1:4, Amplified Bible]. This is just one aspect that we know about. How can we possibly explain or understand it? “Can I explain the eternal nature of [Yahweh], the uncreated Being?” asks A.W. Tozer. “Can I explain a time when there was only [Yahweh]—no matter, no law, no motion, no relation and no space, no time and no beings, only [Yahweh]?” Which, again, begs the question, “Do I have Him in perspective?”
The Bible is a book about Yahweh; I read it, all of it, again and again, and have been doing so for almost 70 years. I understand far more now than when I began, more, even, than I did a year ago – and yet I seem to know less. Yahweh is both available and incomprehensible; a constant Source of wonder, delight, and awe. The Bible rings with His perfections. His work, His way, His knowledge, His law, His will, His love are all declared perfect, even as He, Himself, is perfect. “And yet, O [Yahweh], you are our Father” [Isaiah64:8, New Living Translation]!
Thomas Brooks, a 16th century preacher and author, wrote, “[Yahweh] hath in Himself all power to defend you, all wisdom to direct you, all mercy to pardon you, all grace to enrich you, all righteousness to clothe you, all goodness to supply you, and all happiness to crown you.” And He is eternal! Trust Him!