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.