Saturday, January 9, 2010

Boundaries of Time

“There is a time for everything, a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecclestices 3:1 NLT). We live in the confines of time, we can only remember our past but we cannot see the future the way God does. Time is part of God’s creation whose purpose is defining the physical realm.

Outside of time, there is another dimension known as the spiritual realm, where God lives, that is why he can be everywhere at any moment. With this understanding, we can know that prophecy of the Bible is reliable because God sees everything as if it has already occurred.

Only God controls time, it is his personal possession. When the disciples questioned Jesus about his return, he replied, “The Father sets those dates” (Acts 1:7NLT). The scripture frequently uses the phrase, “at the appointed time,” that should tell us that all things occur on time and on schedule according to God’s plan. Even the time and place of our birth has a purpose. We may never know how intricately our lives intertwine with the rest of creation, but our God is multifaceted and glorious beyond our comprehension.

The Lord also brings comfort to us in the confines of time, when he said, “For I know the plans I have for you declare the Lord. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). The Lord clearly sees the plans for our life. He understands that we live without the clear knowledge of the future, because sin clouded our vision. In order for us to receive all that he has for us, we must trust him to guide us. He has given us time and placed desires in us to lead in that fulfillment. When we enjoy this gift of time, our lives give him pleasure.

There is nothing in all creation that does not exist without purpose. Time has its purpose and it has brought glory to God.

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