God Is Eternal
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.” (Isaiah 40:28)
“Hey, Tim – will you look at that moon?” James poked his friend’s sleeping bag.
“Hm-m-m?…hey – I was just falling asleep!” Tim rolled over on his back.
“Sorry – it takes me awhile when I’m in the back yard like this. So…how long do you think the moon has been hanging up there in space like that?”
“Well, it's been there at least for the ten and one-half years that I have been alive.” Tim yawned.
“Seriously, Tim. My Sunday school teacher said that God created the world about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. So if the moon was created on the third day, then it could be close to 10,000 years old.”
“That is a long time to be hanging around in one place. Now I know for sure the moon's not made of cheese!” Tim laughed at his joke.
“But Tim, that's not long at all to God – He's been around forever.” James folded his pillow in half and tried to wedge it more comfortably under his head.
“How could someone live forever? That would mean that He was never born and that He would never die.”
“Exactly, Tim. But God's not just anyone – He is the ‘Eternal God.’"
“Wow – I think I would get tired or bored living that long. He must be really old." Tim leaned on one elbow and looked at James in the darkness. "Do you think God has white hair?”
James tried to think of a way to explain, but it was hard. “Well, I know He doesn't look like us, and He doesn't age the same way we do. He doesn't have to live by time like we do. He doesn't have to use any calendars or clocks.”
“No? But how does He know when to do things? Doesn't He ever forget?”
“Shhh! If you keep asking questions so loud, you're going to wake up my parents. Maybe even the neighbors! Anyway, I'm not sure how God can live eternally, but He does. And I don't think He forgets things. I'm glad you're coming to church with me tomorrow. We can talk to my teacher about it." James yawned. "But if we are going to be ready in the morning, don't you think we should try to get some sleep now?”
“Oh, all right, then," said Tim, a little more quietly this time. "I just hope I can remember all my questions until morning. Now I'm the one who's wide awake!”
Our God lives forever.
» Have you ever just sat and thought about how long forever is?
» From his conversation about the Eternal God, how might James go on to tell Tim about salvation?
» Do you feel more secure, knowing that God is everlasting?
Truth In Real Life
B Myron Cedarholm
“God always blesses obedience.”
Blaine Myron Cedarholm was born on June 20, 1915. Myron Cedarholm, as he was called, was saved at the age of five. He was baptized at age ten by his father, who was also his pastor. By the end of his life, Cedarholm had come to be known as “the man with the pipeline to heaven.”
Cedarholm was raised in a wonderful home and knew at a young age that he was called to the ministry. He studied hard, prayed often, and preached weekly in churches everywhere.
In 1960, after he and his wife had served in ministry as a couple for thirteen years, they were given the opportunity of visiting missionaries around the world. The Cedarholms were able to visit at least 325 missionaries in 52 countries.
In May of 1968, Cedarholm received a phone call from a kind lady urging him to visit Watertown, Wisconsin. Because of her great respect for the Cedarholms, she felt he might be the right man to start a Bible college.
With less than 90 days until classes would be scheduled to begin, the project of starting a new college seemed impossible. God, however, is known for doing the impossible. In September of 1968, Maranatha Baptist Bible College opened its doors for its very first school year. 172 students from around the country attended this miracle school.
Mrs. Cedarholm wrote the school hymn, and its third verse reads as follows:
Maranatha: He cometh! Behold, in the sky
A shout! A voice the trump of God! Our Lord is drawing nigh!
Believe Him, receive Him, look up and thou shalt be
To the Praise of His glory with Him eternally!
The Cedarholms trusted God to do the impossible if it was His will for them to start a school. Do you believe that God can do the impossible in your life? Are you trusting in God to lead you and give you what you need to be what He wants you to be, whether that’s a teacher or a missionary worker or a college president…or whatever He may want you to be?
Ephesians 1:12 – That we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.