The Everlasting Father Gives Us Confidence

When David was unsure of God’s will in relation to the kingdom of Israel, the Lord appeared to him to reassure his confidence, after which he was able to say, “He has made with me an everlasting covenant” (2 Samuel 23:5)

Have we been given anything less to stimulate our hope? Listen intently to these words: “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the everlasting covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him , through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever” (Hebrews 13:20,21)

Psalm 90 makes it apparent that Moses also felt the insecurity of life in the wilderness, where he was surrounded by the graves of tens of thousands of persons who had been slain. This caused him to say, “From everlasting to everlasting You are God.” (Psalm 90:2) The foundation of hope lies in the fact of eternity of God. Moses prayed, “May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17). His prayer was directly answered. When we look at the nature of Moses’ prayer, we see that he was actually asking that the immortal beauty and incorruptible glory of the everlasting God, as he had seen it descend on the desert bush and on the tabernacle, may be implanted upon mankind.

Habakkuk the prophet was in a similar dilemma when God revealed to him that all of Palestine would to be brought under the domination of Babylon. He cried out in his agony, “O Lord, are You not from everlasting? My God, my Holy One, we will not die.” (Habakkuk 1:12).

All three of these witnesses-David, Moses, and Habakkuk-contrast the limitlessness of the Everlasting Father with the limitations of man; they contrast the boundlessness of the Everlasting Father with the boundaries of mortals; they contrast the durability of the Everlasting Father with the destructibility of mankind; they contrast the permanence of the Everlasting Father with the perishing state of humanity. Just as the Everlasting Father gave them confidence and assurance, so will He give us confidence when we need it in our labor for Him.

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