By: Stephen Lee, Creative Director, Tekoa Missions & True Success Coach

 

The first account of what we know as 24 hours is found in Genesis 1:5. Here “God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” I often wondered why God created time. 24 hours never seems to be enough when we have a mountain-pile of tasks needing to be done. Wouldn’t it have been better if we had no hours to tick, nor years to count? No one would become stressed about getting something done in time and death would no longer be a fear as we age. Although, I am not sure why God instituted time, I know that it must have been important enough for us to be put into its realm.

 

God often links different Bible events through the measurement of time: Moses was in mount Horeb for 40 days where he wrote upon the tables of stone; Noah waited for the rain to stop in the ark for 40 days; and Jesus was led to be tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. (See Exodus 34:28; Genesis 7:17; Matthew 4:2) The prevalence of 40 days in each account exemplifies the fiery trial that comes before the purified gold. These chosen ones experienced a fiery trial before their call to duty: Moses to deliver the commandments to Israelites, Noah to rebuild civilization, and Jesus to start His ministry. This 40-day connection helps us to expound on these events finding deeper significance…

 

God also uses time to demonstrate His divinity. Isaiah 46:9,10 says, “Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure…” Here God assures us of His divinity through His ability to tell the future. Without the concept of time, even the longest time prophecy—the 2300 days spoke of in the book of Daniel—would have no validity. Through time, God showcases His divinity because what He says does happen exactly when He says it would occur.

 

Time is also defined to help us remember the plan of salvation. God created the earth in 7 days. The Sabbath marks the end of the week of creation; a week’s time is used to measure months. Months were counted to determine the feast days and at the end of the year was the Day of Atonement. During the Day of Atonement, all the sins stored in the sanctuary were transferred to a scapegoat. Then the scapegoat was released into the wilderness, never to be seen again. So, on the antitypical Day of Atonement, Satan will be burned for the sins of the world, thus, finishing the redemption plan. That day marks the permanent death of the wicked and the eternal life of the righteous. Perhaps this is the reason why we remember the day of our baptism every year—the day when we died in the flesh and re-birthed into spiritual life. Therefore, it is easy to see how God used a day, a week, a month, and a year to point us towards His ultimate plan.

 

At first, time may have seemed like a curse to humanity, but when we can see how it is used to bring glory to God, it becomes an irreplaceable part of our lives. We must remember that everything God allows is intentional and beneficial to humanity (See Jeremiah 29:11). Therefore, God holds us accountable for every second, minute, and hour we use. We must choose to spend our time in things that will take us higher towards the fulfillment of His calling.

 

I believe time is an invaluable gift or talent from God. I can even say it is the currency of heaven  that translates to us on earth. An invaluable currency that cannot be shared or recovered. It will never hesitate for a second to wait for you. But like earthly currency, with the right investment of time, it can yield much more than what you put in. It has the potential of enabling you to make an eternal impact upon the world or shakling you to an unending discontentment in the self-pleasure of vanity.  With the 24 hours given to every men equally, we must decide how it is used. By thoughtfully choosing to invest our time, strategically prioritizing our to-dos, and purposefully focusing on the task at hand, we will be successful stewards of God’s time. God will be pleased to see as we strive to reach our highest potential. So do not force time to rule your life but rather, allow the Creator of time to command your life.

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