Friday, January 13, 2006

God and Time

With the new year, I could think of no more fitting post than one which reminds us that God sovereignly holds all of time in His hands.
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says it best in his book God's Ultimate Purpose:

God controls everything, the time element in particular. As you read through your Old Testament have you ever wondered why it was that all those centuries had to pass before the Son of God actually came? Why was it that for so long only the Israelites, the Jews, had the oracles of God and the understanding that there is only one true and living God? The answer is that it is God who decides the time when everything is to happen, and so He reveals this truth which had hitherto been secret. This is but another illustration of the sovereignty of God. He determines the time for everything to happen. God is over all, controlling all, and timing everything in His infinite wisdom. At such a time as this I know of nothing which is more comforting and reassuring than to know that the Lord still reigns, that He is still the sovereign Lord of the universe, and that though "the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing", yet He has set his Son upon his holy mount of Zion (Psalm 2). A day will come when all His enemies shall lick the dust, and become His footstool and be humbled before Him, and CHrist shall be "all and in all".

God has had control over time since the very beginning. He created time, so it properly belongs to Him.

In The beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

T'was the beginning of time as well as the beginning of the heavens and the earth, for they were created at the beginning.

God is the beginning and the end, the Alpha and the Omega, and there is no time without God.

He orders the times and life spans of every man. Because of this, we should use the time He has given us wisely and not waste it. God is not pleased with wasted lives.

Sometimes, however, we make plans (so as to use our time well) but interruptions break them and cause us to feel that we have not done what we are supposed to do. Using one's time profitably does not mean following a list, though. God, who is in control, sends us things which did not fit in our plans, but they are His will.
So, it is best everyday to ask God to lead your steps and to help you use your time wisely in His will.

1 comment:

Homemanager said...

Thank you for reminding me of His rule over time. It is a comfort to know that He is the one who orders our steps!

"The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord and He delights in his way."
Psalm 37:23

Not only does He order our steps, but He delights in the way He orders it! Glory to God!

Thanks for the post!