Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Boundaries of Time



Welcome friends,

This post is part of the Christian Writers Blog Chain for August and the topic is Memory. I incorporated this topic with a series on Boundaries. I hope you enjoy my take and please visit the rest of the gang listed on the right side bar. Peace and Blessings!



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

Outside of time, God is everywhere at any moment without restraint in another dimension known as the spiritual realm. God sees everything as if it has already occurred. Having this understanding, we can know that the future prophecy's given to us in the Holy Bible are reliable because only God controls time.

The scripture frequently uses the phrase, “at the appointed time,” meaning  things occur on time and on schedule according to God’s plan. When the disciples questioned Jesus about the time of His return, He replied, “The Father sets those dates” (Acts 1:7). Even the time and place of our birth has a significant purpose. We may never know how intricately our lives are intertwine with the rest of creation, but 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). We should rejoice in the knowledge He has good plans for us, but with triumph also comes hardship and trials.

We live in a fallen world with evil all around. It's not easy to believe for goodness and prosperity when all we see is trouble. People who we trust betray us, lives are ended much too soon and evil seems to get the upper hand. Thankfully we have the future promise of a new heaven and new earth.

When our memory is overwhelmed by loss and lack, remember the promise. “Be strong and courageous! Don't be afraid of them! The Lord your God will go ahead of you. He will neither fail you or forsake you” Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT

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


11 comments:

Jack Brown said...

love this post
God's Glory is unfolding constantly
biiiiiiiiiig hug

Terrie Thorpe said...

Biiiiiiiiig Hugs to you Jackie!! Thank you for being the first to comment. Yes, God's glory is revealed moment by moment - amazing is His love and grace to us!!

Christine Henderson said...

Be strong and courageous...makes me think of the young U.S. gymnast who used scripture memory to keep her motivated - and she won Olympic gold!

Let's all be so motivated and focused on God's promises.

Tracy Krauss said...

love this post. I'm a big Ecclesiastes fan and this was spot on.

Bill Jones said...

Good job tying time and memory together Terrie. I like the thought that when our memory is overwhelmed, we use it to remember what God has done and promised to do.

Deborah K. Anderson said...

Beautifully said, Terrie. A thought came to me this evening. When all hell breaks loose around you, remember the heaven that is within you. Glory be to His name.

From Carols Quill said...

Terrie -- the whole thing with Moses and Joshua always encourages me. "Be strong and courageous!"

What I love about your post today is the connection with how we should REMEMBER what is promised TO COME. It's like a little time warp...

SandiGrace said...

This is beautifully expressed, Terrie. I love this. Remembering God's promises for the future and His goodness to us in the past are both key to trusting Him, I think. Thank you for this very encouraging post.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

You are so right, Terrie. Everything has its appointed time in God's plan. And, it will better than anything we could ever devise or imagine. We might not see this in our lifetime, but we surely will in the next.
Wonderful post.

Stephanie Boles said...

Thank you! I so enjoyed your post. God's timing is everything to His people. It's a good reminder to pray that we do all things in His timing not our own.

TraciB said...

Very uplifting post, Terrie. Thanks for sharing your light for the journey. :)