Time – A Persistent Illusion
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the
Ecclesiastes 3:1. There is a time
for everything under Heaven and God established those times. Time is so elusive
that no human being will ever completely figure it out, that realm belongs to
God. Time just keeps going, but sometimes we run out of time. Our lives are
engulfed and ordered by time. Time is all around us, it moves past us yet we
can’t see it, it even seems to speed up and slow down.
“A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
that which is planted;”
Ecclesiastes 3:2. Scientists have
been working diligently to zero in on just how the idea of time works in
relation to the rest of the universe. So many theories have been postulated that
nowadays the libraries and book stores are replete with ideas promoting their
various scenarios all involving time and its basis for existence. Yet only One
individual truly understands the nature of time perfectly – after all, He’s the
One who created time.
“God made time so everything didn’t happen all at once.” I read that quote
recently and it amused me, but it also moved me to give time a little more
serious thought. As we read and study our Bibles we come to the conclusion that
the restraints we feel and live by because of time seem to have no effect on
God. He is the beginning and He is the end. God has placed a time frame in place
for every season to occur as He has determined. With His knowledge of time God
is involved in every detail of each of earth’s occupants.
“A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to
break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time
to mourn, and a time to dance;”
Ecclesiastes 3:3-4. All aspects of time which have been seen by human
kind throughout history God sees simultaneously.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or
ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to
everlasting, thou art God.” Psalm
90:2. Time is God’s creation and He determines the boundaries and
sets times duration.
In the book of Revelation Jesus tells us “I
am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”
Revelation 1:8a. Of course God is
from the beginning and He will be here at the very end. It’s His creation; He’s
in charge of every detail including every nanosecond of time.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from
ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will do all my pleasure:”
Isaiah 46:10. Every moment of time is established for God’s good
pleasure. As His children, we take comfort in knowing we are doing His will
according to His time frame, His good pleasure.
John tells us that “In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the
beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any
thing made that was made.” John
1:1-3. Then Paul tells us in Colossians that
“For by him were all things created, that are
in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be
thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by
him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
Colossians 1:16-17. Jesus Christ
is the Creator of all time and we live within His constraints.
Humans can record what has happened in the past and those records can be passed
on to all posterity. If we study the past we can learn a lot from those
recordings. We can actually travel back in time by way of reading history books.
Some of those travels can be very exciting, filled with intrigue, love stories,
and many wonderful adventures which give us endless hours of entertainment.
Entertainment that will keep us glued to our seats until we finish reading. All
this and more can be found in God’s word. All we need is the time to read.
“A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to
embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to
lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;… A time to love, and a time to
hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:5, 6, & 8. The
Bible is set in increments of time blocks. That’s how God set it up to be
understood. We read it and find that God has given mankind their complete
history in advance. We call that prophecy; God sets the time for every occasion
all for His glory.
Even to achieve as simple a task as seeing what lies just a moment ahead during
our daily routine is impossible for mankind. We can plan for tomorrow - make
plans for a career change, a summer vacation, a trip to the doctor, or even our
own funeral - but we really don’t know if tomorrow will be a part of our future.
So the only prudent plan we can make out of all I mentioned is the one that
involves our own funeral. Baring the Rapture, that plan is the only plan that
will, with certainty, come to fruition at a point in time, according to God’s
plan for our future.
God can see our future and He knows what our plans consist of. But His plan for
our future may not be what we’ve planned at all. Tomorrows come and go almost
without notice, especially in these rushing to and fro filled days. Since each
day has us looking forward to a tomorrow, it becomes obvious that tomorrow is
only a function of time designed to entice us to look forward. Tomorrow, then,
becomes merely a persistent illusion. It’s akin to seeking after a mirage - it
just isn’t there, but today is.
There’s only so much time in the life of every human being. Time, even though
brought into existence by our Creator God, can be a real enemy to humankind,
specifically to those folks who continually stand opposed to their Creator.
Since tomorrow is such a consistently stubborn illusion, decisions and the
follow through of those decisions must be accomplished in the present. For those
of you who weren’t paying attention, that’s today. As Christians, we are bound
by a command from our Savior God to work today.
“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest
truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the
harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
Matthew 9:37-38. The Lord saw the
multitudes and He knew there was a huge harvest. Today that harvest is even
greater. Jesus sends you as a laborer into the field of harvest. Are you
willing, or are you content to allow others to do all the labor? Ask yourself,
when the time comes and we find ourselves standing before Christ to give an
account of our lives, what will your response be as you face the Creator of the
universe? Sorry God, I just ran out of time.
Many folks have no desire whatsoever to know God or to even believe He exists,
unbeknownst to them, time becomes a most horrible enemy. When I was just a
youngster I had a teacher who became so irritated with the students who were
obvious time watchers, that he attached a sign to the bottom of the clock in his
room which stated “Time will pass, will you?” God says “Time will pass, will my
child bear fruit for my Kingdom?” Sadly, most Christians today won’t have
anything to do with bearing fruit. They are so self-absorbed in the world they
love they have no time for following God’s will.
Time is a most fleeting phenomenon, especially when speaking to a person whose
eyes are blinded by the god of this world; time instead of being a luxury or
something we take for granted becomes a hindrance. Time is a dangerous foe as a
person remains in unbelief. Sooner or later time will take its toll on lost
individuals as they continue in their stance against God. Why? Because those who
remain in this condition risk the very predictable result of hardening their
hearts even more against their Creator God. Their father the devil gains a far
greater foothold over their lives as they remain in rebellion to God. These
folks will finally realize how important the dimension of time was, but it will
be too late.
Here’s a thought provoker; this is my own concept, and it’s only conjecture
meant just for fun. Since we know that God created time it would be safe for us
to say that God is not restrained by any portion of His creation, including
time. Since God dwells in another dimension called Heaven we may assume there is
no time passing in that dimension. So here’s my conjecture. God Raptured Enoch
when he was 365 years old. When the Church is Raptured we will enter Heaven at
the exact instant that Enoch stepped through that same portal into the Heavenly
realm. Question, how can we get to Heaven at a different point in time than
Enoch if there is no time in Heaven? Purely conjecture on my part, but give it
some thought and the possibilities are endless.
“To every thing there is a season, and a
time to every purpose under the heaven… …A time to rend, and a time to sew; a
time to keep silence, and a time to speak;”
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7. Bottom line, there’s a time to sew and a time to
speak; the time to keep silence has passed. None of us know how many tomorrows
we have left. All we know for sure is what we have today. As born again
believers in Christ we may not have any more tomorrows, as we should all be
aware that the Rapture is imminent, which makes the urgency of speaking to our
lost family members, friends, and even those strangers that cross our path about
the saving grace of Jesus Christ paramount
. Yesterday, today was tomorrow. Tomorrow, today will be yesterday. But today,
today is today. So in all actuality today is all we’ve got. What will you do
with your today?
God bless you all,
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