As you read God’s Word beginning in Genesis, God is revealing Himself as the story unfolds. He reveals Himself as Elohim, the Creator God. He reveals Himself as El Roi, the God who sees, even when we’re fleeing and all alone like Hagar. He reveals Himself as El Shadday, Almighty God, as He affirms His covenant to Abraham that He will bless him, make his descendants like the stars of the universe and eventually bless all the nations of the earth through him. This week I was reading about God’s name, El Olam, the Everlasting God. In Genesis 21, God speaks to Abimilech, a pagan king of the Philistines in southern Canaan, and tells him to not harm Abraham. Abimelech, who would have worshiped Dagon, the god of the Philistines, is overwhelmed by a fear of the God of Abraham. Even though Abimelech has a kingdom of his own he quickly goes to Abraham to make a peace treaty with him to make sure he is on the side of this mighty God. It is immediately after this treaty is made that Abraham plants a tamarisk tree in the dry ground near Beersheba and worships God as El Olam, the everlasting God.

Why is knowing that God is our El Olam important? First of all it means that our God is the God of the ancient past with no beginning. in Jeremiah 10, the prophet is observing the world around him and sees all the people of other cultures hammering out idols from wood and stone. Every day it seemed new gods and religions and objects of worship were popping up. He then exclaims in verse 10, ‘ 10 But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King.’ In other words He didn’t just pop up yesterday, but He’s always been. Our God is also the God of the right now. He wasn’t just a God we read about in old stories, but He is the living God, actively involved in the lives of His children that call out to Him, ‘Abba’ or ‘Papa’. Lastly, He is the God who will one day say, ‘Enough is enough’ and will usher in the final judgment and set up shop on a new heaven and earth. In Isaiah 26 we read about how our God, El Olam, is the One who holds the future and our souls are secure in Him. In fact the whole chapter is a song of praise that we will sing when God’s kingdom fully comes to earth. Verse 4 says ‘4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.’

Thankful for our Everlasting God,

Brian