Summary: Time is Precious. Jesus said in Psalm 75:2 "....I choose the appointed 'TIME'; it is I who judge uprightly...."
Romans 5:6-8; 6.You see, just at the right ’TIME’, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly die. 8. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Amazing, isn’t it, how fast we think that, “Hey, we have just had Christmas and it is here again!”
Time is a silent mover and before we know it, it has gone by. Even Paul mentions, ‘....to let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us....’ (Hebrews 12:1b)
We are all aware of how time moves so quickly, silently and unsuspectingly. We are also aware how time runs out so quickly. I know that you have experienced in some point of your life when all of a sudden your dead-line has been met and you have not finished your project or you are running 10 minutes late on getting the kids to school.
Time can be frustrating too! It can turn your mind into a knot and we can become irritable, frustrated, angry and bitter. I know that each of us has experienced that.
We only have to look at our own lives to realize that time has moved on and that our past has become ‘BUT A GLIMPSE’ in our lives, to the extent that we have not even taken notice of how quickly it has moved. At one point we are a teenager and then we are married, then we realize that our earthly bodies have become incapable of taking us from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’. Frustrating isn’t it? Oh! How time catches us unaware.
To some of us, TIME, even controls our lives. To some it controls our lives to such an extent that there is ‘NO-TIME’ for anything else in our lives. We don’t even contend to giving something else ‘TIME’. This is when we get so caught up in ‘TIME’ that we make it a sin. It is sort of like when our parents have told us to do something now and we don’t, this is when we get disciplined by them. (Hebrews 12:10---“Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His Holiness”).
Time is a natural process that all have to go through. After all, this is a 3 dimensional world we live in and we don’t perceive, to most of us, much otherwise.
God has it made, doesn’t He? If a 1000 years is only but a second to Him, what does His perspective of our world really look like to Him? Imagine it! 1000 years is only a second!
That one second has cramped in a thousand years of our existence. So, could we say that in 7 or 8 or 9 seconds, this world has been in existence? Look at our history books and think of how long it takes us to read just one story from them. A second, you think? Ecclesiastes 3:15 tells us, “Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.”
Man is trying so hard to fit in as much as he can to save ‘TIME’. We only have to look at memory devices in our phone systems, our computers etc and we see that over the past decade that the memories of these devices has become huge and are being built so much smaller, we can save a whole lifetime on a ‘USB’ stick. BUT to listen to it on replay would take forever. Amazing isn’t it? How much ‘TIME’ do we have?
This leads us to the point ‘How Precious is ‘TIME’?
In the beginning when God created the earth and all that is, invisible and visible we see that it was created in six days and the seventh day was a resting day. Can you imagine fitting all of God’s creation on a memory stick? If we think that we have memory sticks that can fit in so much information, how big would that memory stick have to be to fit God’s entire creation on? I don’t think that man will ever be able to build anything to hold as much information. The intricacies of God’s creation are way beyond our capabilities and always will be.
In short, God’s will is expressed to us through the Old Testament and man has fallen short of all God’s expectations and was given a new way to come to Him through His son, Jesus, as is shown to us in the New Testament and we have not even come close to the end of the New Testament. Yet we can preview all of this time both past, present and future in ‘The Bible’. This book was written in God’s ‘TIME’, what was before, what was then, what is now and what will be. This is wonderful ‘GRACE’ of God’s ‘TIME’ which He has given us, but God warns us that this ‘TIME’ is running out.