God and Time
1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 2“Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. 4“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5Who determined its measurements—who laid its cornerstone, 7when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” —Job 38:1-7
God is not locked in time and space as we are. Time is as much a part of creation as the earth and you and me. But if we overlook this crucial fact, we can easily think of God in time restraints. Yet time has no impact on God at all. He literally has all the time in the world. He is not hurried by time nor held hostage to it. Past, present, and future are laid out before God like a panorama—He sees the beginning and the end—He is the Beginning and the End! And nothing between first and last escapes being affected by God’s sovereignty.
A little Scripture on this important matter: Isaiah 46:9-10 tells us to “remember the former things of old,” God says, “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.’”
Psalm 90:2 says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you gave had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.” And a little later it adds, “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past” (v.4). It strains both our minds and our language to grasp God’s timelessness.
And then 2 Peter 3:8 says, “But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” So that means from God’s perspective, Jesus died and rose from the dead two days ago. Creation was, like, last week. Time with God is nothing. And so He is able to focus completely, ever and always, on His one singular agenda.
God is not locked in time as we are. He’s never varied His agenda. He’s never doubted it. When God says, “I will accomplish all my purpose,” He means it. God’s never layed awake at night thinking, “Gosh, I wonder if this will work out. And boy, I hope these things can really come to pass, these things I want to see happen.” Not at all. God already knows how it all turns out. That’s why, when it comes to God and time, it’s always a good time to trust Him! —James MacDonald
· How does the fact that God knows the end from the beginning help me trust Him?
· What areas of my life would benefit from greater trust in God?
Prayer – Almighty Father in heaven, when I reflect on Moses’ timeless words in Psalm 90 I am ushered into awe and silence before You. I realize that every breath and each day is a gift from Your hand. And then You outdo all of Your generosity by offering eternal life freely! What a great God You are! Help me to live out my time with Moses’ prayer on my mind, “. . . teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). In Jesus’ name, my timeless Savior, Amen.