Scripture makes clear that God is our everlasting Father and the Ancient of Days. He was, is, and will always be God. Apart from Him, there has been no other, is no other, and never will be no other God except Him. He stands beyond the scope of time, eternally forever.
As I looked,
thrones were placed,
and the Ancient of Days took his seat;
his clothing was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool;
his throne was fiery flames;
its wheels were burning fire.
Daniel 7:9 (ESV)
“Ancient of Days” is a title stressing God’s eternality. His pure white clothing reflects His purity and holiness. God’s wise judgment and discernment are marked by His pure woolly hair. Perhaps this verse is the source of the white-haired, long-bearded heavenly Father we picture in our mind when we think of God. In his dream, Daniel sees God’s throne burning with fire. In Scripture, fire symbolizes knowledge, purity, and discernment. Wheels always demonstrate mobility. God can go wherever He chooses to go, doing that which pleases Him.
In our world, you and I often yearn to do what we please. However, our desires aren’t always pure. Our motives aren’t necessarily grounded in wisdom. When we seek to do what pleases us instead of what is pleasing to the Lord we rapidly get off track and off course. These leads to trouble and even makes our lives unmanageable. Submitting our will to God means that we put Him first, choosing His plan instead of simply following our own.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder,
and his name shall be called[b]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)
When we view Jesus we cannot help but see the Father through Him. God has the best strategic plan. He has the most innovative ideas. As God Almighty, the Lord defeats those who stand against Him easily. As our everlasting Father, God loves us endlessly, without ceasing. Through His son, Jesus, the Lord has reconciled us to Himself, even while we were yet rebelling against Him.