Time for God

Humans are such time-driven creatures. It would be hard to imagine an existence void of scheduling; there would be no distinction between the military mentality of hurry-up-and-wait and the debutant’s fashionably-late; early or tardy would have no meaning. There would be nothing overdue or past due and the crisis management of making a deadline would just be a memory of the past – but, wait: without time, there is no past, present or future.

Our life revolves around time so it is difficult to excise it from any portion of our experience. It permeates our speech, consumes our attention and dictates our activities. To complicate the matter, we are pressed for time because of life’s shortness (James 4:14); the definition of who we are is confined to a beginning and an end (Ecclesiastes 3:20).

Perhaps that it is yet another reason we struggle to understand God. He is not limited by nor dependent upon time. God is above and beyond all physical restrictions, including time. Frankly, He was before time (John 8:58) and actually created time (Genesis 1:1), being the storehouse of all things original (Romans 4:17). Omniscience demands that He know all things extant, which inclusive of all thing past, present and future. “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4). Again, “But beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). Of course, this means that the concept of “forgetting” is non-existent (a hopeful fantasy in which many indulge in the hopes of avoiding accountability); all things said and done never leave the “now.” When every word and deed comes under Divine scrutiny, all speech and action is current (2 Corinthians 5:10).

This divine quality has its perks: truth, because it is connected with a timeless God, does not change. What was truth, is truth and will always be truth, giving His creation a constant by which to measure all speech and conduct (John 17:17b). Truth does not change with the ebb and tide of existence; what is “fashionable” concerning truth is always in fashion; it never gets old or goes out of style (Malachi 3:6). Therefore, we can know the truth (John 8:32) and the truth we can know does not change. Since we do not generate truth, and in order to know the truth, it is always time for God.

Jeff Sweeten