Timing Is Everything and Timing is Nothing

November 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Isaiah, Uncategorized | 6 Comments
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Man to God: How long is a million years to You?
God: It’s like a minute.
Man: What is a million dollars like to You?
God: It’s like a dollar.
Man: Can I have a million dollars?
God: Just a minute…

God lives both inside and outside of time. God is not subject to time; time is subject to Him, for He created it. We are creatures, though, and we are fairly obsessed with time. The days on which we set our clocks forward or backward to accommodate Daylight Savings Time are days of great rejoicing or consternation for us, depending upon how the change affects each of us personally. Sometimes the only thing that bothers us more than being too early or too late for an event ourselves, is when someone we are depending upon does not show up “on time” for us.

One of the tasks of our faith is to separate this type of finite thinking from our meditations about God. God can never be late or early. He is perfect in all His ways, and in every attribute of His character. Therefore, His “timing” is always perfect.

We sometimes speak of God’s “providence,” and this word comes from the Latin pro, meaning “ahead,” and video, meaning “to see.” To make it simple, God’s providence refers to His ability to “see ahead,” or to see into the future. How often have we cursed the traffic jam which made us late for an appointment, but which also, unbeknownst to ourselves, kept us from being broadsided by a careless truck driver a few miles down the road? How often have we sulked over a rainy day which kept us from a big outdoor party, and only later realized what a blessing it turned out to have been when we were “forced” to spend the day indoors, reading, playing, and talking with our small children, who will never again be as small as they were that day?

The providence of God not only refers to His ability to see into the future, but also to His sovereignty and control over a future which, to Him, already exists by His Own power, and where He reigns even now, planning wonderful things for our tomorrows that we can not even yet imagine.

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isaiah 46:9-10


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