|Q: How was God always there?
|A: Dear Matthew,
|Thanks for such a good question! I'm sorry it has taken so long to answer.
There are at least 3 things that make God God –
1. He is immortal (1 Timothy 6:16)
2. He is the Creator (Isaiah 40:28)
3. He is eternal (Psalm 41:13)
Your question is a question is a hard question to answer, because there's nothing to compare God with. God makes this very point when He says "To whom will you liken me and make me equal,
and compare me, that we may be alike?" (Isaiah 46:5). It's hard for us to understand eternal things, because we aren't eternal, and nothing we have is eternal. There's nothing in our world that has always been here. Everything that we know of had a beginning.
Think about this – If God hadn't always been there, then He would have needed to be born, and then someone else would have needed to have been there before Him, and someone before them, and so on. If He wasn't born, but He wasn't always there, He would have needed to be created, and then whoever created Him would be called God, and we would have the same questions about Him.
This is why it requires a measure of faith to follow God. The Bible tells us that "whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists" (Hebrews 11:6). Part of being a Christian is trusting in what God says about Himself. The Bible says "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!" (Psalm 41:13). Isaiah the prophet wrote "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 40:28). God tells us that He has always been, and that's what makes Him God. We have the evidence that He has existed before everything else, because He made everything else. We must trust Him that He has been here from "everlasting," or eternity past, because that's what He tells us about Himself, and we know He doesn't lie.
Of course, if we could know everything there is to know about God, then we would be God, because only God knows everything! I hope this helps! The good news is that this eternal God gave His only Son to come and save us, so we can live with Him forever in heaven where He will be able to answer this question better than I can
Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!
Back to Top