TIME: God’s Gift
There is an occasion for everything, and a time for every activity under heaven: a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace and a time to avoid embracing; a time to search and a time to count as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. Eccl 3:1-8 (HCSB)
Man has devised the manner which we measure God’s gift of time and even how we keep track of it, but time is not a creation of man. Time is God’s creation for his purpose. Being created, time is also finite, not infinite. Eternity can neither be measured nor defined by time. Eternity is timeless.
Time is for man’s benefit, not God’s. It connects our present time with our past and our future. It measures our lifetime, the dash on our epitaph bridging our birth and death that defines our lifetime. In essence, because time defines our lifetime, it proffers our sense of urgency and anticipation that shapes our lifetime.
Time for each person begins with conception and ends with one’s final sigh and heart beat. Time also is an invaluable, irreplaceable commodity. Time once lost can never be replaced or reset anew. As a result, for many caught up with misery and pessimism casts time as some nagging, unrelenting pest affirming the futility of their lifetime. Each morning arrives later and later and they fear another sleepless nighttime. Only those embracing the value of time as an asset and gift of one’s lifetime discover the joy and contentment making the most of their time.
Fact: Time exists only in the present moment. Once time slips beyond the present, it is lost to yesterday’s grip. The further time slips into our past, the fuzzier our recollection of it becomes. Conversely, tomorrow’s time is but a hope filled concept of what could be, because God never promises us tomorrow, only today.
Time also is the perfect complement to love as God intended it to be expressed and cherished. When our lifetime is full of love, time marks the breadth and depth of our love for God and others during our lifetime. Love requires making the most of time, which is why we should invest as much time as possible with those we love, and less time distracted by money or things! Time wasted on temporal wealth and possessions should never detract us from investing time in loving God and others. Only time invested in love will have value beyond our present lifetime.
Final thought: God created TIME. He cannot be defined by it, nor limited by it. However, he expresses his ultimate gift of love by entering into our lifetime for our sake, so that when we exit time, we will enjoy eternity with him. How can we embrace and value time as God intended? Seek God’s will, ways, and wisdom and embrace the smile sure to come when we all discover God’s gift of time too!
Words of Wisdom #223-7EC