what time is it?

Lately, there hasn’t been enough days in a week or hours in a day. As a wise man once told me keeping busy also keeps me “off the street and out of trouble”. Yes, but my mind has been troubled with the thought of ‘time’.

 

Time. I love it and hate it. Time means deadlines, appointments, curfews, and other so-called restrictions. However, time means being with those you care about, accomplishments, usefulness, and more. Time can be wasted or valuable.

 

What does God think of time? Does He have a watch?

 

What is time to God? Psalm 90:4II Peter 3:8. Isaiah says that God “inhabits eternity” (Isaiah 57:15), so time to God takes on different dimensions. He can function outside of time if He so desires.

 

Time is always and only a gift from God. The clock causes me to forget that.

 

God is never seen to be in a hurry. Jesus refused to be hustled and He lived on the same time-laden planet we do. 

 

If that’s so, all the more should I find liberty in affirming I am made to be finite.

 

Of course, that’s the rub: I hate my finitude. My DayTimer (or “brain-in-my-butt” as our secretary calls it) is a human invention to try and avert that fact. I simply don’t want to admit the basic limits of my time.

 

Time is not primarily for the sake of doing more. Time is God’s gift for being and doing what matters. For this reason, my goal should not necessarily be to manage my time in order to do more, but perhaps to gratefully honor God’s gift by doing less. This is no excuse for laziness.

 

We live in the active acknowledgement of the God who holds all things, which means the Lord holds whole lives, not just individual moments. I do not hold eternity, but eternity holds me, and those I am called to serve.

 

Psalm 39 gives us some perspective. In David’s complaint to God, he said, “You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You” (V. 5). He meant that to an eternal God our time on earth is brief, but under the guidance of the eternal God (Ps.90:2).

 

On frantic days, this helps me breathe. It helps me daily to drink in the simple assurance that God has created a world in time, and that today, as every day, there will be enough of it for what matters. Not enough for all I could imagine doing. Or for all that is needed. Or for all that will be asked of me. I am made to be finite, so I am free to live in a finite way. Only my insanity about time says otherwise.

 

What matters is that the God of all time breathes eternity into our moments.

 

“A life once spent is irrevocable. It will remain to be contemplated through eternity. The same may be said of each day. When it is once past, it is gone forever. All the marks which we put upon it, it will exhibit forever. Each day will not only be a witness of our conduct, but will affect our everlasting destiny. How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness?! It is too late to mend the days that are past. The future is in our power. Let us, then, each morning, resolve to send the day into eternity in such a garb as we shall wish it to wear forever. And at night let us reflect that one more day is irrevocably gone, indelibly marked.” – Adoniram Judson


  

“5 Things God Does Not Know”

“5 Things God Does Not Know”

(from good friend Chris Goppert of Zimbabwe)

1. God does not know of a sinner He does not love.   

A. Does this include child rapists, internet porno studs, Muslim extremists?   

B. Do we have to earn his love, merit his love; or does He love us as we are?  

 2. God does not know of a sin He cannot forgive.   

A. Will God forgive me for taking communion with unconfessed sin in my heart?  

B. If I cannot forgive myself, can God?   

3. God does not know of a better plan of salvation than His.   

A. What one conclusive piece of evidence demonstrates that God’s plan of salvation is perfect?   

B. Why can’t there be many roads that lead to Heaven?   

4. God does not know of a better time than now to receive His gift of salvation.   

A. Why is it so vital to accept Christ early in life, instead of later – much later?  

B. Won’t I be given a second chance to change my heart at the judgment seat?  

 5. God does not know of a better plan for making His salvation known than that of commissioning us to be His ambassadors.   

A. Won’t all the people be saved that God wants to be saved, without my witness?    

B. Is it possible in our day and age to be a missionary right here in America?

utterly undefinable and indescribable

Imagine you are living among the Uga-Buga tribe of Congo Africa. They have never heard about God. How might you creatively explain your God to them? Or you meet a kid that asks you who God is and what He is like. How will you explain to that kid your God? Can you define your God in a word or phrase?
 
Can you say, “uuuhhhmmmm”? You cannot define God in mere words or phrases. No book, volume of books or library of congress filled with books about God can explain Him fully or completely.
 
John Wesley said, “Give me a worm that can understand man, and I will give you a man that can understand God.”
 
A.W. Tozer says about God, “The mightiest thought the mind can entertain is the thought of God, and the weightiest word in any language is its word for God.”
 
George MacDonald adds, “do not measure God’s mind by your own.”
 
Face it, you worship an indescribable God and that is wilder than our wildest imaginations and greater than anything you could ever think of. And why is God indescribable? Because He made things surrounding us that we can’t even begin to describe. The world of astronomy showcases God’s indescribable glory. Psalms 19, talks about how the Heavens are telling the glory of God. “Day after day and night after night the heavens are our billboard about God,” says Louie Giglio, “The heavens show us two things: 1. How huge God is; and 2. How really, really, really tiny we are!”
 
God in our galaxy, displays for us the majesty and splendor that He created. When you get a snapshot of the galaxy farther and farther away from our own planet scientists tell us there are billons of galaxies beyond ours. We were reminded that the God who has a name for each and every galaxy, star and planet in the entire universe, is the same God who can call each of us by name and care about everything we go through. That is the same God who showed us such power in creating a universe bigger than what we can possibly imagine is the same God who chose to bring forgiveness to us by sending his son, Jesus, to earth as a servant to die for our sins.
 
Who is your God? How well do you know Him? What does your life say about the God you know?
 
I do not just want to ‘know about God’, but I want to ‘KNOW GOD”!

 

now HE is BIG

I love cool stats. It’s weird, I know. Sometimes, I remember stats that are just plain stupid. Like, last year only 12% of americans bought cars with stick shifts. I drive stick, but who gives a rip.

I was attracted to this set of stats today:

If you were to hold out a dime at arms length, the coin would block out 15 million stars from your view, if your eyes could see with that power.

To help us grasp the vastness of our galaxy, one scientist suggests we imagine a smooth glass surface. Shrink the sun from 865,000 miles in diameter to two feet and place it on the surface. Using this scale, Earth would be 220 paces out from the sun, and would be the size of a pea. Mars, the size of a pinhead, would be 108 paces beyond Earth. But to reach Neptune, youd need to step off another 6,130 paces from Mars. By now you would be five miles from the sunbut there still wouldnt be room on the glass surface for Pluto! And you would have to pace off 6,720 miles beyond Pluto to reach the nearest star. Yet, this glass model represents only a tiny fraction of the universe.

WOW, my God is BIG. Though He is BIG, and when I think about this I feel small…He still cares for me more than all His creation. Glory to God!!!

 

A Fitting Worship Song

The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty 
Let all the earth rejoice 
All the earth rejoice 
 
He wraps himself in Light,
and darkness tries to hide 
And trembles at His voice 
Trembles at His voice 
 
How great is our God,
sing with me How great is our God,
and all will see How great,
how great is our God 
 
Age to age He stands 
And time is in His hands 
Beginning and the end 
Beginning and the end 
 
The Godhead Three in One 
Father Spirit Son 
The Lion and the Lamb 
The Lion and the Lamb 
 
Name above all names 
Worthy of our praise 
My heart will sing 
 
How great is our God 
How great is our God,
sing with me How great is our God,
and all will see How great,
how great is our God 
 
Behind the Song:”Another simple song that started from the thought of Gods greatness and presence. I love how Psalm 104 writes that he wraps himself in light My hope is that it is simple enough to sing, yet profound enough to cause the heart and soul to stand in wonder. Ive already been overwhelmed from the response Ive seen from this song.” – Chris Tomlin

He can do…

God is incredably awesome. So much bigger than anything or anyone. I really needed to hear this today…”Anything GOD has ever done, HE can do now. Anything GOD had ever done anywhere, HE can do here. Anything GOD has ever done for anyone, HE can do for you.” – A.W. TozerOh, how I give up so easily and too quickly. “Ye of little faith” can be my motto. Sad, but true. May your prayer for me be this week to be an I CAN DO person because HE CAN DO.

AWEsome

AWEsome is such an overused word today that it has so lost its meaning. It comes from the word AWE, which means to marvel or bring wonder. The word AWEsome just cannot be used about anybody or anything. It can only be used of One. God. He is full of AWE. I am filled with AWE when I try to comprehend Him. How about you?