The “I Am” will deliver us (Ex 6). The eternal lifts us above all that passes. God revealed himself as the “I Am” to assure his people through Moses that God would lead them to a promised land. The slavery of the Israelites was a passing trouble; God’s plan for them was an everlasting covenant. Unlike the affairs of time, the eternal does not change. Eternity is the perfect, unchanging love of God. It is God’s very life, free and peaceful, without beginning or end, the divine “now” into which our changing natures are taken up and cherished forever.
In times of trouble it is useful to remember that all our troubles will pass, but that God’s promise and love will never pass. God enters time in the body and soul of Jesus at Christmas so that God can share with us in all that is human except sin. We journey in the other direction through Jesus into the eternity of Jesus’ Father who loves us and calls us in Jesus.
I long for you, my God, because I know that I can be happy only by abiding in you now and forever. This Christmas draw me to yourself through Jesus.