Apr. 5, 2016

What To Do About Time - Part 2

There is a reason why we so frequently seem to be at odds with time. It is because we are eternal creatures. We were not originally created to be subject to time as we are now. Some teach that when we go to be with the Lord forever that time won't exist. I believe there will still be time but we won't be subject to it in the same ways that we are now. In this life, time seems to be against us. In eternity I believe we will live in harmony with time. The following scripture passage makes reference to time in heaven.

Revelation 6:9 And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held:

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

Revelation 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

Revelation 8:1 And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.

Time then will not be as time is to us now. We will have been ushered into another dimension where we won't be bound by earthly constraints associated with the pressures of time as we currently experience. There won't be bills to pay and birthdays to celebrate... or avoid. Our new bodies will not need to resist time and its effects. We won't have cupboards, cabinets and night stands hiding anti-aging creams and nutritional supplements or hoarding all kinds of lotions and potions that promise to restore our youth and vitality. None of those things will be desired or necessary.

In this present age, the problem isn't really with time, but rather how we think of it. When we don't respect it, it seems to get away from us. We run late, rushing to get to our next destination before the hands on the clock signal a tardy arrival. Even though we don't generally consider it in this manner, being on time is an indicator of respect. Habitually showing up past the agreed upon hour is disrespectful. It suggests that the other person or persons, and their time are not a priority. Whatever caused the lateness is evidently more important or it would have been terminated or at least suspended so as not to interfere with the next scheduled appointment.

Humans have a tendency of accusing God of being late because something didn't happen within the time frame that we wanted or expected. As 2 Peter 3:9 states, God is not slack concerning His promises. That means He is not slow, nor has He missed any deadlines. Everything God does is perfectly timed. An issue arises in our minds when our expectations don't line up with what He is doing. In nearly every instance where we perceive there is a breach in timeliness, we suppose that the Lord isn't moving quickly enough. It is quite rare to hear a person say that God supplied their need or met their expectation in advance of when they thought it would happen or wanted it to happen. God is not in a hurry. He has absolute power over everything and everything is fully known and fully understood by Him. Our knowledge and view are limited, faulty and filtered through a variety of human mindsets and perceptions. Knowing this, it is impossible for us to draw a God-centered conclusion everytime, about every situation. That is why we must trust God and rely on His judgment. Otherwise we will always be opposing time and losing.

Please visit again soon for Part 3.