Considerations for Spiritual Growth: 3 Truths About the Boundary of Time
Written By: Glenn C. Stewart
William Penn stated, “Time is what we want most, but…what we use worst.” Can you identify with that statement? If we are to live synchronized and organized lives, we must understand the topic of time. Time management is a common term, but realistically we can’t manage time. Time is fixed and inelastic. We can’t save it, only spend it. We can’t get any more of it. It doesn’t go any faster or slower; it’s the same for all of us. Nobody has more time than the other person. So, we aren’t managing time, but we’re managing or organizing ourselves within the same fixed boundary as everyone else – which is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A proper perspective of time concerning God, ourselves, and eternity will lead us to be more motivated to organize our lives so that we don’t waste time by using it for non-essentials. Let’s look at three essentials about God and his view of time.
1) God is beyond time –
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God” (Psalm 90:1-2).
Moses was overwhelmed with a sense of awe that God is not restricted nor affected by time. Unlike man, God is eternal – He’s not bound by or limited by time.
2) God exists throughout all ages –
He’s our dwelling place in all generations. Dwelling place means a protective shelter or a place of refuge. Through all generations and time – God has been ever present as the true shelter for humanity. Although God is high, holy, and lifted up, He’s not unreachable. He’s always there for those willing to approach Him by faith.
Notice that Moses then deals with God as the Eternal One and emphasizes this in the following ways. He says, “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God,” (Psalm 90:2).
In other words, God not only existed before the mountains but also the whole of creation. From everlasting to everlasting – from as far back as we want to go or as far forward – we will find God. From before time until there is no more time, He’s God. Our time is rooted in God’s timelessness. In contrast to all of this is humanity. We’re not timeless; we’re time bound. We exist within time and are transitory – we pass away quickly. “You return man to dust and say, ‘Return, O children of man!’” (Psalm 90:3).
To return to dust is a reference back to the creation of humanity when God granted life (Genesis 2). The Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Now to return man to dust is to have his life come to an end. Notice, it’s God who returns us to dust.
3) God determines our time –
God is in control of the duration of our lives. He determines how long we enjoy physical life. “His days are determined, and the number of his months is with you, and you have appointed his limits that he cannot pass” (Job 14:5).
Many years ago, when my dad was nearing his 60th birthday, he experienced heart problems which led to a quintuple bypass surgery. He asked the doctor, “Will this surgery help prolong my life?” The wise doctor answered, “I’m not in charge of that – we do this surgery to improve the quality of our lives, but God oversees how long our lives will be.” That was a smart doctor!
We need to grow and live within the boundaries God has determined for us.
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