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Staff Meeting Devotion Oct. 2, 2012

Categories: Devotional Thoughts

“Time”

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.” Gen. 1:3-5

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.” Genesis 1:14-19

Intangible concepts like time were also part of the creation, along with physical things like celestial bodies, plants, animals, and man.  God created time on the first day, with the first evening and morning.  This was even before he created the sun and moon on the fourth day!  Part of the creation debate is the question, “Did God complete creation in six 24-hour days, or were they longer periods of time?” I don’t know.  What I do know is that God existed before time. God doesn’t need time.  Psalm 90:4 says, “For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”  He created time as a framework for us. We do need time and structure.  What is my response to a God who exists independently of time but had a purpose for me before time was counted?  As Paul comments in Ephesians 1:4, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world.”  Even before God created me, even before he created the universe, he knew of me!

My response is worship, giving him my time, and trusting him with my time.  God created my time and is Lord over it. He asks of my time. If he asks of my time and he’s Lord over my time, he is able to see to it that I have the time I need.  I love Martin Luther’s comment, “Work, work, from morning until late at night. In fact, I have so much to do that I shall have to spend the first three hours in prayer.” Our time is God’s, and we are to give it back to him.

Ps. 1:2-3  “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.”

Ps. 46:10a  “Be still and know that I am God.”