My husband and I had occasion to talk about time the other day. Specifically, we were speaking about how it seems like something that happened one year ago seems as though it happened yesterday and, at the same time, seems as though it happened many years ago. We know the date of the occurrence, and we know the current date, but time seems to both telescope into the distant past as well as coming down to the microscope of yesterday.
I suspect you have had those same feelings.
When we were in England about 8 years ago, we saw the white cliffs at Dover, England, something that my Dad talked about seeing during the war. They were beautiful, and it was an experience that I treasured having. It seems that it was yesterday when we were walking on that path; but it also seems as though we were there at least 20 years ago because of the multitude of experiences that we have had since then.
How can our concept of time be so fluid when, in fact, time is one of the most measured and constant things we have in our world. Every year has 365 days in it (except for leap year, then it is 366), every day has 24 hours in it, every hour has 60 minutes. We know this … yet sometimes it seems the days go by slowly and other times it seems the time flies past us.
We know from the account of creation that God created all things, including the establishment of time for our universe.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”
That is how we still speak of time – the morning and the evening is one day.
Although God created time, God is not bound by it. Indeed, God is eternal. Not only will God exist undiminished everlastingly into the future, but He has existed identically throughout the infinite past.
God told Moses His Name in Exodus 3:14: “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” No beginning and no end. God IS.
Jesus, as one part of the Trinity, is God and is, like the Father, eternal, with no beginning and no end. In Hebrews 13:8 we read: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
But that is not all that speaks to us about time. Scripture also says this:
“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.“
2 Peter 3:8
We are finite creatures, not like the infinite eternal God. But I wonder if God gives us a taste of what is like when we seem to have the same event in the recent past as well as in the long past. It would seem that this might be the case given Peters words in his second epistle.
There is much that I don’t know. But, I do know this – God is my powerful, infinite, personal, awesome God, and He is far beyond the limits of time. He knows the past and He knows the future, both for the universe in a cosmic sense and yet for me personally, even though I am no more than a humble creature that is less than a miniscule dot on the planet.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Father, I thank You for the gift of life, the gift of salvation, the gift of the Holy Spirit. You know the future that has been planned for me, and I am secure and confident in Your hands.