Through His fingers run the sands of time
Category : Encouragement
As the ultimate Creator of life and every other good thing, our God is not bound by time. “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night,” wrote Moses in Psalm 90 of Jehovah’s timelessness. And though Genesis records the near millennial lifespans of many of the first men and women, our post-flood lives may number “seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty [years]”
Once a shepherd and later a king, David, also praised God for placing him purposefully in a specific time and place within history. “In your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them” (Psalm 139:16b).
At least twice in the Old Testament, God tinkers with time in answer to prayer in a way that demonstrates both His great might and His great love for men and women. In one instance, Joshua calls on God to keep the sun overhead longer so that he and the Israelite soldiers could conquer the enemy armies. “And the sun stood still, and the moon stopped […],” recounts Joshua 10:13.
Later, when King Hezekiah falls ill and is told by God’s prophet Isaiah that he will soon die, the monarch calls out to God in humble prayer. God then grants Hezekiah 15 more years of life and promises to defend the kingdom from the enemies who threatened attack. More amazingly still, He offers Hezekiah a sign to confirm His promise. “Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps” (Isaiah 38:8).
Jesus, God’s only-begotten Son, also demonstrated His power as Savior by defying time’s restraints. He restored life to several people who had died, even one man who had been in the tomb for four days (Luke 11). Jesus Himself would rise to life after dying on the cross in payment for the sins of all mankind. Since physical death represents the final moment in a person’s timeline, Jesus proved that He, as God the Son, is the “Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Revelation 22:13). Unrestrained by time, He can be trusted with our eternal life. Have you entrusted Him with yours yet?