May 22 I Friday
1 Chronicles 16-18
“From eternity to eternity I am God.” —Isaiah 43:13 NLT
How do we understand the concept of time? Our clocks may be on our wall ticking away at each second but we do realize that time has a beginning and an end? Over the years, there is proof from science that reveals how time is not always constant; it is something that has a beginning and an end.
Before there was a beginning there was something called eternity. God existed in that era called eternity before time because when beginning began, God was already in existence. John 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Notice the past tense in this verse. In other words, God was there before time began. But there is a calendar in heaven, which is evident by things that Scripture says about God’s calendar.
Paul tells us, “But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship” (Galatians 4:4-5). There was a set time and when that time came due, Jesus Christ was born as a man into this world right on schedule.
Jesus also spoke in terms of time. In Mark 1:15, He says, “The time has come…The kingdom of God has come near.” In Luke 19:44, “…you did not recognise the time of God’s coming to you.” As well, in John 13:1, “Jesus knew that the hour had come for Him to leave this world and go to the Father.” And in His high priestly prayer, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son…” (John 17:1).
Through these verses, we can see the whole of Jesus’s life is characterized by the idea of time. There was a time when He was born, when the kingdom was inaugurated, when there was a time not yet come for Him to do but the time did come and when He was ready to leave this earth.
We are told, “For He has set a day when He will judge the world with justice by the Man He has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). But it is going to come unexpectedly as 2 Peter 3:10 says, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.” The end of time is going to come and as a thief does not call to tell us when he comes, we do not know when Jesus will return. Yet, one thing we do know for sure, at the fullness of time, Jesus will come again.
Prayer: Almighty God, how amazing that You existed before the beginning of time and how everything happens according to Your calendar and agenda. May I live with a sense of Your time.