Christian Devotions

Time and Eternity

But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.  ~~  Jeremiah 10:10  (KJV)

We live in time. The clock ticks, and time passes. Our society changes with the times. Values are re-oriented – or perhaps disoriented is a better choice of words. The society in which I grew up is a vague whisper in the memories of old people today.

We have all these electronic toys and different expectations of societal behavior. People conversed with one another at meals. They didn’t focus on a small object in their hands, typing away with their thumbs.

The clothes on the rack at the department store were modest – unlike the dipping decollete, hiked-up hems, and transparent fabrics that line the racks now.

Words in common usage now were not heard or spoken in polite society then.

Now and then…   We are so aware of those two concepts.

However, God is simply now. I AM! He told Moses that was His name.

And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.  ~~  Exodus 3:13-14  (KJV)

“I AM” is present tense. There is neither past nor future in “I AM”.  Those of us who study history find that concept hard to grasp. We live inside the structure of time. Clocks ticking, minutes passing, memories fading… Until we are no longer living.

But God exists outside of time. He had no beginning and will have no end. He simply is.  And the word “is” is also present tense.  God contains all the “now” people have lived through.

I love this poem by Helen Mallicoat

I Am

I was regretting the past
and fearing the future.
Suddenly my Lord was speaking: …

Please click on the link to read the entire work.  It will only take a minute. I’ll wait right here.

In light of the last clause of our opening scripture (and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation), there would seem to be something to fear. The indignation of the Lord is not something to take lightly. But if we live in “now”, we can only be responsible for “now”.

Therefore, if we choose to live in His righteousness, doing His will, acknowledging His standards of conduct, we are not going to be the targets of His indignation.

We need not be concerned about tomorrow. We can do nothing to alter the past. Now is the moment that matters.

What will you do with your “now”?

Father, God,

You are the same, yesterday, today, and forever.  Help us to live in our times in light of your eternal word. Grant us the focus to stay in the “now” and not regret the past nor fear the future.  Remind us that You are in charge – always;  that nothing surprises You; that You have made provision for every contingency we can imagine – and even for some we can’t imagine.

In Jesus’ most precious name.

Amen.

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