One of the theories that Albert Einstein based his work on relativity on was the idea that light moved at the same speed no matter who or where it is observed. He was right… I mean, it’s Einstein; He was right on most things. The space-time continuum is the same for everyone. Even though at times it feels that time flies and other times it drrrraaaaggggs on and on, really, time and space are constant. Einstein knew this, and it is true. But, we don’t need him to prove to us what the Bible teaches us about time.
Here are a couple of facts about time from the Bible:
- Time is presented as a linear experience. Time began with creation, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Fittingly, time will end on this earth with the destruction of all things, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up” (2 Peter 3:10). Some world religions will have us believe that time is cyclical. As in when you die, you are reincarnated back into the life cycle, and so time for you begins again, but this time you are a cow, a dog, a monkey, a gecko, or a dust mite. How terrible! But the Bible teaches us there was a beginning of time, and there will be an end.
- Time is presented as valuable. There is only so much that one can do with the 24 hours each day that you are given. Do you ever feel that you are trying to accomplish 32 hours worth of work in 24 hours? It’s impossible. You only have so much time; therefore, it is imperative that you use it wisely for God’s glory and in accordance with His will. James writes, “Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:13-14).
If time has a beginning and end, and if time is valuable, according to the scriptures, therefore, we should not waste any time on things that don’t matter. Use your time to improve your own life and the lives around you. Use the time you have now to obey the gospel, read the scriptures, pray to the heavenly father, serve the church, serve our community.
The clock is ever ticking…
I love you,