by Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
I’ve preached on the topic of time before. It’s a subject that is common in conversation—more so in this area than anywhere else I’ve lived. Time. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day. Why is time such a problem for us? Time is mentioned frequently in the Bible. Whether it’s how we spend it, use it or squander it, time has always been a popular subject.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day” (2 Peter 3:8 NIV). If that’s the case, it’s only been a couple of days since Jesus walked the earth, when viewed from God’s vantage point. Peter didn’t mean for us to be literal here; he was making a valid point. God is not in a hurry. Many times it seems to us that God’s timing varies wildly from ours, doesn’t it? That can be maddening in our instant gratification world.
Why is it that we can’t grasp the meaning of time and timing? Well, for one thing, we must remember we worship a God who has no beginning and no end. There is no before, during or after. God is. “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:2 NIV).
I know that I’ll never fully wrap my brain around the concept of time—certainly not time the way God views it. But I do know that even though our time on this earth is limited in hours, days and years, it is not as limited as we make it. God wants us to be brave and bold in our faith, and to stretch each day to the fullest. God has big plans and expects great things from each of us. How do we accomplish that? We must start by making the time for God’s time.