Our lives are permeated with reminders of time’s passing. Wildflowers are a fitting example. They rise from the soil, often unnoticed and sometimes never seen. After a few weeks, they wither. Their petals fall to the ground, returning to the dirt, and the flowers go to seed so that wind or birds can carry those seeds to another spot, and perhaps a new flower can grow. Isaiah 40:8 speaks to nature and how a flower cannot escape time, “The grass withers, the flower fades….” And yet, this Scripture is meant to provide contrast — because while nature and much of our daily experience is limited by time, there is that which stands outside time. The Scripture continues, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever.”
God’s Word is everlasting because He is eternal. But what does it mean that God is timeless?
Imagine a master clockmaker tinkering with the small, fragile pieces of a clock’s mechanisms. He moves everything into precisely the right place so the clock will keep time. In the beginning, God did this with the sun and moon. Psalm 104:19 says, “He appointed the moon for seasons; the sun knows its going down.”
God set everything into perfect place — only He was not creating a tool to reflect time, but to control it. He could foresee how humanity would harness His design and develop intelligent means of capturing time through sundials, clocks, and, eventually, satellites that send the current time to our smartphones. Yet our technology only tells of what God set in place long ago. We can better understand His engineering of time, but we don’t get to change it. Instead, God created time to govern our lives, and He encourages us to use the gift of time wisely. Psalm 90:12 says, “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.”
When we stand before fine art, an incredible design, or stunning architecture, we understand an artist, designer, or architect created what we are seeing. Similarly, as we live within the confines of time, we can know there is a Creator who set time in place, and we can spend our days how He means for us to spend them.
Although it is difficult to wrap our minds around, it is a helpful mental practice to consider God being outside of time. Our daily lives are run by the clock. Almost constantly, we know what time it is and what needs to be accomplished in specific chunks of our days. Time often rules our lives. But God is not like this. Instead, He is outside of time. Perhaps this is why we don’t often understand what He is doing. He has an entirely different and fuller perspective than we do. As we understand God’s timelessness, we can better grasp Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the LORD.” God operates differently from us because He is not governed by time but instead free to do what He pleases in view of eternity.
Isaiah 40:28 reminds us that God’s everlasting nature is directly connected to His unsearchable wisdom: “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.”
We can have peace about what we don’t understand as we rest in the certainty of God’s everlasting knowledge.
In the Scripture above, when we read “The LORD is the everlasting God,” the word everlasting means He is “always” and “evermore,” and the same is true of His promises. God is always and evermore watching over us. He is constantly providing for us. He is consistently guiding us. God is timeless and unchanging, so we can anchor our hope and lives into His steadfast promises.
In Malachi 3:6, God told the Israelites, “For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” God is constant, so we are not consumed by life’s circumstances. His everlasting Word upholds us.
Psalm 90:2 assures us, “…from everlasting to everlasting You are God.” This statement lies beyond our comprehension. From eternity backward to eternity forward, God exists as He always has. His character and promises are trustworthy, and we can live our time-stamped lives in the blessed assurance of His eternal promises and love.