Everlasting God (El Olam)
Then Abraham planted a tamarisk [oak] tree in Beersheba, and there called on the name of the LORD, the Everlasting God.
The Lord is El Olam, the God of mystery who is unknown to you. His name “Olam” means “secret” or “hidden.” There are many things about God that are hidden in the clouds of eternity. You’ll not be held accountable for the things you don’t know about God—only for the things you know. These are the difficult challenges in life. The Lord is El Olam—the God of mystery. One day you’ll understand the events of today—when you look back to see God’s good plan for you. He is directing all things, even when you can’t see what’s happening.
Pray: El Olam, You made me human and finite. Teach me to trust You even when my path is cloudy. Teach me to follow You when I don’t understand the events around me.
Abraham planted a grove of trees that would outlive his life in Beersheba, thereby symbolizing a relationship with God that would extend beyond his earthly life. El Olam is the God beyond this life. Even when you can’t understand what’s happening in your life, look beyond your circumstances to see His everlasting nature. Call on Him—the Everlasting God—to extend your influence into the future. And when you think your life is a mystery, remember that God has a plan for you and that one day it will be crystal clear to you.
Pray: O Everlasting God, accomplish Your plan in my life. Help me trust You when I don’t know what You’re doing. Help me follow You when I can’t see where I’m going. Amen.
Go Deeper: Genesis 20, Genesis 21
Trust the Everlasting God who has a plan bigger than this life.