1 Tim. 1:17 “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
For years when I stood to sing worship songs in church, my mouth sang the words and I tried to feel happy inside, but there was a nagging hollowness in my heart. I felt there was no way I could please God. And so I felt dread at coming into God’s presence -like I had let Him down again. Guilt and shame overshadowed my prayer and worship. I felt that no matter how many times I confessed a sin there could be one I was missing. Or, God was fed up with me because I kept sinning – I wasn’t good enough.
I now realize my problem wasn’t with me, but with my view of God.
God is Eternal
Which means he is everlasting, having no beginning and no end. While we are bound by time – God is not. When I can’t fall asleep at night I like to let my mind just think about that for a bit. God is so beyond what I can imagine.
Psalms 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were born you brought forth the earth and the word, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
When Jesus died on the cross, He died to take away not only our past sins but our present and future sins – He died once for all of them. (Hebrews 9:11-28) He doesn’t have to die again for each sin I commit. When God looks at me he sees me clean and white because he sees me through the blood of Jesus. That undoes me. What love.
So does this mean sin doesn’t matter? Of course not. Sin breaks fellowship with God. (Romans 6, 1 John 2) Out of love and gratitude for what Christ has done for me, I don’t want to sin. Yet I still do. So, I need God’s help. I’m thankful He has given me the Holy Spirit to indwell and help me.
God being an eternal means that when I confess any known sin, I can confidently pray and worship with no fear or shame. I am clean in God’s sight and He loves me more than I can think or imagine. It is mind boggling to me that God is outside of space and time. But I’m so glad He is – because whatever moment I am in, He is there too.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished in His glorious presence, with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all time, and now, and for all eternity. Amen.” (Jude 24-25)