If we weren’t mortal, think of all the experience we could have gathered. At 1000 years old we would have had 10 centuries under our belt, which is a lot of history to stomach! My grandmother belonged to an age group that went through two world wars. This was just a slice of history in the 1900s. Now imagine yourself playing a role in the past 1000 years of human history. How do you think you would have fared? Something to think about!
On a much larger scale, God has been around forever. In addition to His wisdom and know-how of creating everything there is, try to envisage His experience He must have gathered from the birth of the universe up until now. And throughout the generations and also in generations to come He has never abandoned His mantra of love and faithfulness. Anybody else would have been heartbroken by now dealing with all the frailties of the human psyche, their temper tantrums, their violence paired with some surprising heroism. Human beings are known to rise up in their darkest hours. As we all know, we are both capable of incredible evil and incredible good. Add all of this to God’s ongoing experience with His angels, our older siblings. At some point in angel history there was a revolutionary war in heaven when Lucifer and his cohort ganged up against the rest of the world to usurp God’s throne. All angels are God’s creatures. Imagine His disappointment when war broke out and Lucifer turned against Him.
Still, God has continued to be faithful throughout the ages. He has not turned bitter. God has not stopped believing in His creation, in His angels, in His people. He has been a faithful God who has kept His promises for thousands of generations, and He will not stop pouring out His mercies and love. Unfortunately for us, nobody will notice, unless we open our hearts and minds to this incredible Holy Being, the Father of all Fathers, the Creator of the Universe, and the Savior of the World – who always comes through for us and never gives up on us.
On this note, the book of Psalms talks about the eternal dwelling place we find in the Lord Almighty. My husband Bill and I used a Russian translation to put the beginning of Psalm 90 into music. In closing, here is an English translation of this beautiful piece of poetry, penned by Prophet Moses:
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2)