The elements of time have been firmly planted into the human mind. Time was created for mankind, and mankind was designed with chronological sensitivity. The human body operates on a circadian rhythm, a type of “body clock” that runs on a 24-hour cycle of various stages of sleep and activity. Humanity has sought to regulate its day in accordance with schedules whether those schedules were established by the stars, seasons, or sundials. All of life revolves around some concept of time and our relationship to it. Because one has become so accustomed to time, the mind struggles to conceive of timelessness. It is extremely challenging to conceive of eternity because time is so deeply rooted into our being. The timelessness, or the eternality, of God demonstrates His incomprehensibility. God is completely unaffected by time because His nature is permanent beyond the greatest extent imaginable. God existed before the implementation of time, a concept that He instigated for the benefit of humanity and not for Himself. For God there is no past or present; all things are viewed in the constant present tense. The totalities of the events of life are ever before His eyes. To expand on that concept, the totality of the events of history are constantly known to and observed by Him. He not only sees the beginning and end, but He exists before and after both simultaneously! He is the Alpha and Omega. The eternality of God is summarized in Hebrews 13:8, “Christ Jesus the same yesterday, and to day, and forever.” God is timeless. Any concept of time inserted into the Bible to describe the time of God is given for the benefit of humanity’s understanding.
Despite a lack of understanding of the fullness of eternality, mankind was made for eternity. People long for eternity with God. They desire to experience immortality, especially one given to felicity and peace. The timeless God entered into time in the Person of Jesus Christ to offer immortality through the Gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection. Once accepted, the resurrection of the believer is the realization of the promise where the “mortal must put on immortality” (I Corinthians 15:53). God’s promises remain sure because God is unaffected by time, and He is unable to change. God will always be faithful to Himself and His Word. His nature and character are unchanging and consistent. He is the only One in whom full and unwavering confidence can be placed.
As we fix our mind on the timeless God, we cannot help but muse about the brevity of our own life. Psalm 90 records Moses’ celebration of the eternality of God and concludes with a request that, if applied, will prepare believers for all the “times” of life. We must learn to number one’s days that we may apply our heart unto wisdom (Psalm 90:12). Time is one of the greatest gifts, a most treasured expense, and a constant investment opportunity. Use it wisely because once it passes it can never be retrieved. Eternity is reality, and Christians must utilize their time in light of their future timelessness with God. As said C.T. Studd, “Only one life twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last!”
My Prayer for Today:
To my dear Eternal One in heaven, I thank You for knowing my end from the beginning. Thank You for entering into time in order to secure my redemption through Jesus Christ. Thank You for sending your servants at the right time in my life to present Your message of salvation. I thank You that you are unchanging, and that I can trust you fully because your faithfulness. Because You dwell in timelessness, You have helped me to see that the life You offer me is timeless and without end. Please help me to live the time that I have for your glory. Teach me to number my days that I may apply my heart to wisdom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.