Time and No Time…
“…God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day…” (Gen. 1:5).
“…And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!” (Rev. 10:6). [“…that there should be time no longer” (KJV). or, as another translation puts it, “The time is up” (Common English Bible)
God’s first act of creation was the creation of time. After that, came sky, land and sea, vegetation, the appearance of sun, moon, and stars, birds, sea creatures, land animals, and all crawling creatures. Then, on the sixth day, God created man… like Himself… male and female.
Thereafter occurred all of human history and experience: from the fall of man to Armageddon. Then time will be needed no more. All will be eternity!
In this life, as Solomon observed, there is “…a time to every purpose under heaven.” (Eccl. 3:1). Each individual has been granted “A time to be born, and a time to die.” (v. 2). In between is the dash on one’s tombstone, a lifetime, a vapor, “a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:15), then “…it is appointed unto men once to die.” (Heb. 9:27). Then there is no more time in which to live… all is eternity!
Firmly grasping this reality early on is wisdom. Again, as noted wise Solomon, To “remember one’s Creator in one’s youth,” before the “days of trouble,” the pains of aging and sorrows of life come, and one finds “no pleasure in them” (c.f. Eccl. 12:1). Wise is the one who concurs with the king’s conclusion “Fear God, and keep His commandments” (v. 13).
In this light we are being called to act – to be steadfast, strong, firm and bold for our Christ. To be His witnesses and ambassadors to this world of vast darkness.