But thou, Beth-lehem Ephrathah, which art little to be among the thousands of Judah, out of thee shall one come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting. —Micah 5.2, ASVFew things in this life are eternal. It is said all good things come to an end, but this is not altogether true. For there is one good thing that always has been and always will be—love.
The above verse from the prophet Micah reminds us of that. He who is love (I John 4:8), and has always been love, has also always been. He is from “everlasting” (see above). His love is eternal, everlasting, and unquenchable (Jeremiah 31:3, Song 8:6,7). We cannot change it (James 1:17), we cannot stop it (Psalms 100:5), and two thousand years ago, that same love became incarnate (John 1:14). That which knew no beginning nor no end “began,” for the very first time in universal history, in a small manger in Bethlehem so that it might also, for the very first time, find and “end” for you and me (Hebrews 2:9). He was the fullness of that love in “bodily form” (Colossians 2:9).
“The earth was dark through misapprehension of God. That the gloomy shadows might be lightened, that the world might be brought back to God, Satan’s deceptive power was to be broken. This could not be done by force. The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God’s government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to love Him; His character must be manifested in contrast to the character of Satan. This work only one Being in all the universe could do. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it known. Upon the world’s dark night the Sun of Righteousness must rise, ‘with healing in His wings’” Mal. 4:2 (White, The Desire of Ages p. 22).
These are thoughts, well worth dwelling on. We will continue next week, but until then, may these thoughts be present on your mind and in your heart, during this time of year especially.