The God of Time
November 17, 2021
Genesis 1:14-19 New Living Translation
14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. 16 God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.19 And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
On the fourth day God created time. Now why would I say that? Well, He separated the light He originally created into the Sun ( the one to separate the day) and the Moon (which shines at night). He then gave them a purpose- to signify or be a sign for seasons, days and years. That’s time! Now what is mind blowing is that Moses describes the previous three days as “days” even though time hadn’t been established. Those three time periods were not governed by 24 hours because that hadn’t been invented yet. Sometimes we need to stop and think about who God is and what He is truly capable of doing.
As humans, it’s easy to let timelines and deadlines shake our faith. We tell God we need something to happen by a certain day or time, and if it doesn’t many people feel let down by God. Do you have faith to believe that God is more powerful than time? There are examples in the Bible of Him overtaking the timeline. Remember how He stopped time for Joshua? (Joshua 10:13) Or how about when He caused Phillip to move faster than time? (Acts 8:39-40) God is not a servant of time. He created time, so He can cause things to happen however He wants to with no regard to time. He is eternal. This quote was shared with me, “God can do more in the moment than people could do in a millennium.” Trust God with your moments. He is the master over all time.
Lord, I have been programmed to operate as a servant of time. Free me from that mentality so that I am only a servant of You. Open my eyes to see time the way You see it, and to trust you all of the time. In Jesus’ Name...
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD