Understanding God’s Time

Today’s Upper Room reminds us of how “Leap Year” came to be.   From the time of Julius Caesar the calendar year consisted of 365 1/4 days which was not very convenient.  It was in 1582 that Pope Gregory XIII changed the calendar taking away the 1/4 day and adding an extra whole day every four years giving us 365 days and 366 every 4th year.  It even goes further than that – the year 2100 will not be a leap year even though it’s divisible by 4.  This is a good short read about Leap Year.

There’s no doubt a lot of talk about Leap year today.  We are certainly obsessed with time.  What day is it?  What time is it?  What day did something happen?   There’s nothing funnier than hearing a husband and wife argue over whether it was a Tuesday or Wednesday that they went to the doctor, when the point of the story doesn’t matter what day it was.

2 Peter 3:8 says, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”  I never really understood the difference between “our” time and God’s time.  The best explanation I’ve seen or heard is from C.S. Lewis (I’m pretty sure it was him):  Draw a line on a piece of paper and think about that line representing your life from beginning to end, moving in one direction.  Once you’ve passed a part of the line, it’s gone for us.  We are constrained by time.  But God’s time is the paper on which the line is written, and for the sake of accuracy, picture the paper not just an 8 1/2 by 11 piece, but rather going on forever.  There is no beginning and no end and God is all over every piece of the paper.  That is God’s time.  There’s not a moment that’s gone by for God.  This may or may not have helped you, but it helped me. 

The only thing I would add is that our time line on earth is not a dead end.  While our time on earth does indeed come to an end, we will then spend eternity with a loving God or a tortuous satan.  I know that sounds like foolishness to those who are perishing (going to the devil), but you or they have until the end of your/their time on earth to decide which way you/they go.  Once we’ve reached the end of our line, or life, the decision’s made and then it’s too late.  Those who didn’t make a decision for Christ will wish they had just a little more time on earth to change their mind.  If you want to understand Salvation better, click here to listen to this 6 minute children’s message.

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