14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
if you are living in fear that the world will be destroyed by climate change in 12 years, please don’t. The world as we know it will be destroyed only when God says so. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be good stewards of what God has given us. It is a shame to pollute our water, and to deplete our soil with chemical insecticides. It is a shame to pollute the air we breathe. But, while we do need to take steps to improve, the earth is not going to be destroyed in the way the environmentalists fear.
What God does endures, (lasts, continues), forever. Nothing we add or subtract can change that reality. I use this verse often as a reassurance to people who fear they will lose their salvation. If you are a true believer, hold on to the fact that God did that for you. Salvation is of the Lord. No one can take it from you. John 10: 27-30 is another reassurance about eternal security for the believer. We are kept in His hand, and nothing, no man, can remove us from His hand.
I was curious about the last clause in verse 15, so I did a little searching. The word requires carries the sense of desires, seeks for, yearns for. When I went to the commentaries on my favorite online Bible study tool, Blue Letter Bible, I found this explanation from an old and reliable commentator, Matthew Henry:
” that is, God repeats what He has formerly done and deals with us no otherwise than as He has used to deal with good men.”
As Solomon says so often, there is nothing new under the sun, including the manner in which God deals with His creation and His people.