As the years have gone by in my walk with the Lord, I have found that God would much rather have me sit, meditate, and unpack one bible verse or attribute of His character, than push legalistically through a full lesson, start to finish, only to put a check in my “bible study box” for the day. When I used to have this “to do mindset,” I tended to read over a verse or name of God without meditating on it long enough to get the “good stuff,” the down-deep truth; and as a result, I missed the blessing of knowing my Lord and Savior just a little bit better. Now, God, in His mercy, has given me the “to know mindset,” and I am so thankful.
With that being said, one name of God has caught my attention lately: the God who was and is and is to come. This title has caused my mind to open to the God of the past, present, and future.
The Past— The God who was. He is the One who parted the Red Sea, sent manna from heaven, and kept 3 men in a fire, unscathed. In these few accounts, we see God displaying His power, His provision, and His protection.
The Future— The God who is to come. He’s coming in the clouds, He will wipe every tear from our eyes, He Himself will illumine heaven, and He will destroy the enemy once and for all. These promises proclaim God as the compassionate, radiant, reigning King.
Now, the Present— The God who is. This title is for you and for me, today. Isn’t it wonderful to know that you and I are living in the very center of the God of the past and the God of the future? He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). You can rest assured that this powerful, providing, protecting God is compassionately, radiantly, reigning as King over your circumstances this very moment. Indeed, the Everlasting God is fully alive and purposefully at work in your current situations. No breath of yours is taken without God being a part of it (or I should say, the “whole” of it!) Do you believe this? Do you live like you believe this?
…for He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Fully believe in who He is–past, present, and future– and then worship with the angels who do not cease to sing day or night this one beautiful truth:
Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come. (Revelation 4:8)