"There was evening and there was morning—the first day." (Genesis 1:5b)
A powerful force called time was created and set in motion, by the one who presides over it, and resides outside its continuum. He's not Father Time, rather, the Father of time. God fashioned time as He was forming all of creation, during the first week—the beginning.
Ever since then, the ticking of time has dictated our schedules. It figures our income, lines our faces with age, and thins my formerly bushy locks to wispy tendrils. Time establishes the duration of nearly everything in life. A body must age for sixteen or so years before a driver license can be issued. Then, the privilege expires after so many years and must be renewed for a new term of...time.
The plates on our vehicles, building permits, fishing licenses, bids, special offers, sale prices and coupons, are all valid for a specified amount of this thing called time. Our homes, property taxes and automobiles, everything we make payments on becomes due according to a predetermined amount of time.
Measured in the passing of cyclic seasons, eighty or so years are allotted for the life of each human body. And then, in time, flesh degrades and decays: our bodies return to dust. It is the expiring of time, elapsing in measured cadence that gives it, its great power. Some view time as a bandit, which carries off our youthful vigor like a marauding pillager. It is sometimes our foe, but it is also a friend.
Always marching forward, time also offers hope for the coming "Day of the Lord", when Christ will return to take us home. At that time there shall be such joy as we've never known, and His righteous reign shall shepherd in true world peace.
One thousand years after Christ's second coming, when His millennial reign will expire, time will have served its mighty purpose and shall fade into memory. Time itself is going to expire, ushering in eternity, where a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as but a day. No more darkness and no more night, while dwelling in the Lords great light.
Yet, the bible declares that for most people, the tempo of time pulses towards eternal darkness, separation from light and joy—eternal alienation from our loving Creator: the second death.
Good news! At present, an offer of forgiveness and eternal bliss is given by God, so that we may reside in fellowship with Him, in His glorious light for timeless eternity. But like all other deals, contract bids, permits and like things, God's offer of grace will one day expire. It's a limited time offer. For this moment it is still valid.
The fragility of human life could in an instant be proven to us, by delivering up the unknown expiration date of our temporal bodies. Or, Christ could return before we can moisten our orbs with the next blink. Either of these events will instantly negate the offer of salvation for those who have not surrendered their lives to Jesus Christ and placed their faith in Him.
Securing everlasting life eclipses everything else with a profundity of urgent importance. Good things will not come to those who wait too late for that. There also comes a time when the vastness of God's patience will end. How many times can we reject His love and grace and mercy, before He will wash His hands of us, turning us over to the enemy of our souls for destruction?
At some point, the Lord says, "Enough! You have rejected me too many times." God's word states:
"Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done." (Romans 1:28)
This passage and others like it reveal that there comes a time when God will say, "enough".
Praise God that He gave me as many chances as He did, and that I am not too late!
Theologians call this present era in which we live, "The age of grace". Only God knows the expiration date of this age, wherein His offer of forgiveness and eternal life are gifted to us through faith in Jesus. Time will not wait. It continues to march toward that expiration date. How horrible it will be for those who have not made the decision to accept God's gift of love to them. "Tick-Tock."
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