Think about time. It is the most invaluable resource we have and we can’t get it back. Why? It’s our life, broken into chunks and spent on different things.
How are we spending it?
Look at work, and what you buy. For example, to eat every week I have to work 8 hours. To pay for our car will take 783 hours. That’s 19 1/2 weeks. This is a time that I can’t spend with family or church.
Free time. Well, unstructured time. Are you doing anything of value with it, or just staring at your phone or a screen. Does it serve a purpose?
I’m not advocating being a work-a-holic or ignoring the necessities. Just to be purposeful. Everything we do should have value. Using the time to provide and care for family, restorative time relaxing or with friends, time with God. There should be a balance.
It’s said so much that it’s a cliche, that no one dies wishing they had worked more. A company can replace us, or even be fine without us, in a lot of cases. It’s the time with people in our lives that matter.
Think of time as money. Got it? Now, what are you spending it on?
A major atheist argument against God. Everything has a beginning. Except for God, He is the uncaused first cause, a being of pure actuality. Down at the end of this post look over the Doctrine of God links for more in-depth information.
Being infinite Himself, there isn’t any room for another infinite. Here’s how it relates to time.
Like everything, time depends on God to sustain it. However we measure it, we know it’s passing in a succession of moments. We see the effects of it.
While we have a hard time remembering the past, our personal past, to God all of His existence is present, seeing it all equally vividly (Psalm 90:4). 2nd Peter 3:8 indicates that any one day is always present in God’s consciousness.
How does God see time?
Any long period of time is if as it just happened. Christ has just died for our sins, rose, and ascended to God, despite being almost 2,000 years ago. That’s why God’s plans seem to take forever to us. A short period of time seems to stretch towards eternity, ever-present in His consciousness.
Consider what that means to you and God. You’re always on His mind. This moment is ever-present in His mind as He watches and is involved.
It’s not just a patient endurance, it’s a qualitatively different experience of time than we have. God is timeless, and He alone knows the future (Isaiah 45:21; 46:9-10).
How is God timeless?
He stands above time, able to see it all as if it’s just happening. Think of a book you just finished, it’s all fresh in your mind. That’s how it is with God, except He can act in time.
In Acts 17:30-31, God tells how He acted in the past, will act now, and how He will act in the future. Old Testament prophecies are God saying He’ll do and later doing it perfectly hundreds of years later. The Bible is God’s record of the way He has moved and will move over time to bring redemption to His people.
Will we be timeless when we die?
No, we’ll just experience an unending duration of time. Us, the angels, and creation never existed at one point. C.S Lewis said to remember whenever you speak to someone, that you’re speaking with an immortal.