God and Forever

         When studying Beowulf, the ancient English story of the mighty warrior and his amazing deeds, it’s helpful to understand what a kenning is. A kenning is a two or three word descriptive renaming of someone or something. The words chosen should accurately depict the character of the person or thing. So for example, Grendel, the hideous monster Beowulf must defeat, had murdered 30 innocent people in one night. Gendel is known by the kenning “corpse maker.” Since his warriors had traveled with him over the ocean, Beowulf’s men are called “sea rovers.” And the hero himself is known as the seafarer’s leader, the arch-warrior, and the thane’s commander.

           God can be known by the kenning Forever Father. Not only is being eternal one of His personal attributes, it’s also a trait ascribed to all He does. Ecclesiastes3:14says, “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him” (NKJ). Once God decides a thing or starts the wheels in motion so to speak, that’s it; the outcome is set forever.

         What are some of the forever things pertaining to our Forever Father does?

  • The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Psalm 33:11 (NKJ)
  • Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you established the earth, and it abides. Psalm 119:90 (NKJ)
  • Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’ Isaiah 46:10 (NKJ)
  • In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began. Titus 1:2 (NKJ)
  • Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James1:17(NIV)
  • For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven. Ps 119:89 (KJV)

          These six verses only scratch the surface of the forever-ness of God. Humans like us, trapped in a singular understanding of time where everything in our sphere has a beginning and an end, can scarcely wrap our minds around the idea of eternity. But Scripture makes it clear that our Forever Father, the un-caused Cause, indeed is eternal and operates with a limitless, everlasting mindset. It only makes sense: certainly an eternal being’s works would be as He is. “Whatever God does, it shall be forever.”

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©2011 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

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~ by sanewriter on September 2, 2011.

One Response to “God and Forever”

  1. Much appreciated for the information and share!
    Nancy

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