TIME By Daniel Jacome
“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8 NLT)
Time seems to always be our greatest enemy. It always demands attention; pushing, and nagging. Drawing our focus to execute and too perfect. It screams don’t waste a second. Time is money! We are always looking for ways to become more efficient and maximize our time. After all, our time on earth is so short. We have terms to express the depth of this relationship between us and time such as, “time fly’s”, “you only live once”, “life is short, enjoy it”. We put so much attention on it because it has so much power over us.
The interesting thing is that time is perceived differently around the world. In the western hemisphere alone, the perception of time varies. In America, time is truly money. It is perceived more linear. It is compartmentalized and is made into a series of plans to achieve goals. It is one task after the next and this even translates in to how we deal with our human interactions. In other countries in the west, time is viewed very differently. Latin countries and some European countries keeping a set time isn’t as important as completing a human interaction which is considered a more effective use of time. In Asian countries, time is perceived as cyclical. Whatever decisions are present at the moment will again present later and therefore it is better to take time analyzing the totality of something and then making a decision. In America, if an opportunity arises we consider not taking the opportunity and seizing the moment as a waste of time. In Asian countries, not taking the time to analyze further is a waste of time. Time is not a scarce commodity in the east like it is in most western countries.
Perception often becomes truth and those two don’t always equal. This is even more true when we relate time to God. Just as Peter expresses in his letter to the Church, time to God is very different. God does not see time as fix points in the past leading to the present and eventually shaping the future. He sees the past, present and future simultaneously. He exists outside of time. Something totally unfamiliar to us. Everything in our world has a beginning and end. As the Bible says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” (Revelation 22:13 NLT). So time to God is not about hours, minutes and seconds. It is about purpose and completion.
As followers of Jesus Christ we must take in consideration this paradigm shift. If the way we see time is irrelevant to God, then how do we live in a world that is dictated by it? Here is where everything changes. What does Jesus see as a valuable use of your time? Doesn’t God want us to be good stewards of our time? In Luke 10:38-42, we get a glimpse of what God considers as a valuable use of our time: “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!’”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10-38-42 NIV).
Jesus lets us know that what differentiates us from the world is that we have access to Him. He is the author of creation and at His feet we find rest. Time is no longer an issue. His Will disperses and is fulfilled as we trust in Him and obey. It is no longer a matter of time but of obeying God. No longer do we have to be anxious about deadlines and meeting set goals. As the Word says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7). Yes, it sounds totally counterproductive, but it isn’t. On the contrary, it will be the most effective use of your time to rest at His feet. It is there that our day begins and as we go through meeting our responsibilities we have the understanding that it is God who is in control and that our success is in His hands. Hours, minutes and seconds are all just forms of measuring our allotted time on earth. They don’t have to control your life. Does this mean we no longer need to look at the clock or get to a meeting on time? Absolutely not. We just shift our perception and permit God to take control of it. We sit at His feet daily asking, “Lord what is your will? Lord let your will be done! This day is in your hands and so is tomorrow. Thank you for your love and grace and that I can completely trust in you and no longer carry this weight!”
As we obey God we see that life is one open door after the next and we will begin to bear fruit for His kingdom, storing for ourselves treasures in heaven where moth and rust don’t destroy. We no longer see an interruption as burden but a blessing. Even in hardship, time seems to become our enemy but God in His sovereign will is permitting your faith to be strengthened. It is this faith that brought you to His saving power, so it is your Fathers will to perfect it.
-Friends, let God have your time not your time have you.
Prayer: Lord, I realize that my time on earth is limited but because you created me it has a purpose. Let me no longer be bound by the endless demands of time. Instead let my heart hear your voice, let my mind understand your Word and let my feet follow your will. You are the one who gives life and are the author of my life. I no longer have to be a slave to fear because I am your child. Through you and by you the hours, minutes and seconds of my day will be fulfilled. Thank you Lord!
In Jesus name I pray. Amen!