El Olam (Elohenu Olam)

Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD, the Eternal God.

Genesis 21:33

I have heard many people say as they reach the end of their life here on earth, “I’m just so tired.” I had always thought they were talking physical tiredness, and that may have been part of it. But often they go on to clarify that they are just tired of the struggle of life. They seem to be giving up on life. But as I have gotten older I realize that it may be more than that. Is it possible that they are just expressing that part of us that longs to be with God?

El Olam is found 3 times in the Old Testament. Olam by itself is found more than 400 times. Olam means hidden, secret, concealed, time immortal, most ancient times. This name is Everlasting God or Eternal God. The other two references to the entire name give details about what it means that He is eternal. He does not grow tired or weary:

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Isaiah 40:28

He is our dwelling place:

Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations.  Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:1-2

El Olam doesn’t have limitations. He is not limited by time. He has no beginning or end. He doesn’t have strength limitations. He doesn’t need to rest. In fact He gives strength to the weary. But no matter what … humans will reach the end of their strength, they will grow weary. I’m so glad to know that God is eternal. My mom is with Him now, and I will join her one day.

There are several Scriptures that refer to Jesus as eternal. Revelation tells us that He is Alpha and Omega (first and last):

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Revelation 1:8

Some may question whether that refers to Jesus or not … even though He is 100% God … but remember what Jesus said in Matthew 28:20

“And teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Jesus gave up Heaven and temporarily took on the limitations of humanity in order that we may be able to be with Him in Heaven. But even while He had “limitations” of humanity, He was still 100% God the entire time. He did all of that for You! Yes, You!

Who, being in very nature  God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;   rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature  of a servant, being made in human likeness.   And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 

Philippians 2:6-8

He will give you the strength to keep going when trauma tries to defeat you. He knew that this would happen and chose you to shine through. Isn’t that something of beauty? God chose to use me to shine through. Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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