To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? (Isaiah 40:18 KJV)
God is, without any regard to the condition or circumstance of mankind. God never depends upon the state, condition or assistance of man to be, He simply is, always has been, and will always be. The sovereignty and immutability of God does not depend on any other thing outside of Himself. If man ceased to exist, or all men were agnostic choosing to live in enmity to Him, God would still be God; even their God, because He cannot deny that which He lovingly created.
There is nothing outside of God which can change affecting anything about His physical existence upon this earth or His spiritual existence dwelling inside the regenerate man, or as God the Father sitting on the throne in the heavenly realm. God is timeless: without age, rot, rust, or decay. Nothing can alter God’s holiness and perfection because God is immutable; standing absolute, both on this earth and in the eternal realm.
Mankind is weak, needy, and fragile. Beginning at the moment of his birth into this world he arrives taking in fresh air because of his need for oxygen inside his lungs. God ultimately controls both the beginning of life and the commencement of physical death. However, man can exercise his own free will bringing about his own or another’s sudden death. Man has created new human life in a test tube and different varieties of plant and creature life through Science but mankind will never rise above the supernatural power of God who ultimately retains all power over both life and death and nothing happens without His knowledge or according to His will.
The Bible tells us:
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1:18 KJV)
Ultimately the timing of both life and death is all of God and He can divinely intervene in any plans or purpose of mankind as necessary according to His perfect will. A strong tall Cedar tree draped in natural growing thick moss comes to mind when I think about the steadfastness and firmness of God’s perfect will in any situation.
I have visited the Pacific Northwest and Mt. Rainier National Park and saw huge towering trees with my very own eyes. These trees have stood tall for many years; above all other nature. These trees are not easily toppled over in a storm or fallen in a strong wind. These trees have withstood many kinds of inclement weather without budging from their firmly rooted foundation.
These mighty trees remind me of God and how He is like the ancient holy tree dinvinly planted by streams of water standing tall like a spiritual fortress offering protection and safety underneath His wide thick branches from the storms of life. The roots of these looming trees extend for a great distance in the earth firmly grounded to withstand great contrary winds, soaking rains, and infiltration from disease and insects.
These trees are both useful to mankind and home to many species of birds and other small wildlife, just as God provides safety and shelter both physically and spiritually to mankind in this world through trees that have been planted on this earth. Many animals take refuge from the natural conditions found in the often chilly and rainy environment building nests and homes within the many branches within the trees for their comfort and warmth in all seasons of life.
The life cycle of mankind, the lives of creatures upon this earth, and the extended lives of these varieties of giant growing trees in the forests of the Pacific Northwest all have one thing in common: all will eventually succumb to their natural death.
God, however, will be alive forever. These trees, like all other living things, have a life-cycle that will one day expire. Each of the trees will succumb to certain natural death falling on other trees or thundering to the forest floor below and making a loud boom as they meet the ground. Perhaps the roots may spring forth new life deep within the forest floor leading to a new tree springing forth from the ground as the life cycle of a tree begins all over again.
Job understood about the fleeting physical human life and the life cycle of a tree:
For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? (Job 14:7-10 KJV)
God will never be felled or hewn down by any work of man, beguiling of the devil, or inclement weather. God will always remain standing tall as part of the Godhead: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ was hewn down, succumbing to physical death on the cross at Calvary, but did rise from His physical death on the cross being resurrected the third day unto new spiritual life as the Holy Spirit came to dwell within regenerated mankind. There is eternal spiritual life available to all mankind through faith because Jesus Christ beat the sting of death on the cross. There is no wondering or lingering possibility that Jesus might rise again to new life as Job knew that a tree in the forest has the possibility of generating new life, but Jesus Christ did rise again to new life the third day beating the power of death forever.
God is the mighty tree that will stand forevermore never to be hewn down, or succumb to death, He will always be alive forever.