This question takes me back to childhood when my “why” questions were seemingly brushed off by my parents with an answer like, “because I said so” or “that’s just the way it is.” God calls us his children and, more often than we like, he gives our curiosity little or no satisfaction. However, since we’ve asked the question, let’s see what God does tell us about his origin.
Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” The concept of everlasting is taxing on the brain. When I try to comprehend “forever” my mind gets stuck on the carousel. Forever means eternal…no end…EVER! This Bible verse takes us to a time before God brought forth the earth and complicates the matter further. It speaks of a time before time. God not only has no end, he has no beginning either.
The Bible deals with the question “where did God come from?” by answering the question, “WHEN did God come from?” Psalm 93:2 answers, “Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.” So here is your answer to an intriguing question. God didn’t come from anywhere. He has always been.
I do find some satisfaction in this discussion. God, who is infinitely beyond our comprehension, comes down to our level and becomes “comprehendible” in the person of Jesus. God, who is outside of our time constraints send his Son into time. Galatians 4:4 tells us, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.” God considers us his children and traded his only Son’s life for ours. And even His plan to save our lives transcends the boundaries of time as we know it. “For he chose us in him (Jesus) before the creation of the world…” (Ephesians 1:4)
Ecclesiastes 3:11: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” As an adult I now realize that my parents weren’t brushing me off. They just weren’t sure how to put things into words that were far too difficult for me to understand as a child. I can’t fathom how God can have no beginning. I guess I also can’t fathom how or why God could love me as much as he does either. Rather than wasting time explaining things I’ll never understand, God emphasizes that his love for me is just like him: from everlasting to everlasting. God is far more interested in satisfying my soul than my curiosity.