Welcome back dearest, sorry I didn’t make a post last week. I had some emergencies to take care of. Thank God they are all sorted out. Today, I would start a series on subjects that can be discussed from three perspectives. Because they have three points of discussion, I called them Three Dimensional Series (3D series). The subsets of each theme are to help facilitate a proper understanding of the main subject just like computers and TV’s 3-D images provide the perception of depth. I would start with the subject of Time this week and continue on other topics in the subsequent weeks. I pray we all get blessed from the series.
TIME: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Time is a portion of eternity that man is permitted to dwell in on earth. Time is the currency of the life. While it has various units of measurement, it can be described in three phases: yesterday, today and tomorrow. Time for man can be about the past, present or the future. Time lost, they say, cannot be regained. God gave time to man as the currency to make life transactions which he would account for later.
Man, God and the devil relates with time in different ways. Man can only dwell in a single phase of time, which is today. Man is limited by time. He only has control over 24 hours each day. But God is unlimited by time. God dwell in all the phases of time: Yesterday, today and tomorrow. (Revelations 4:8) God works with time as He desires. He can go into the past of a man to correct his mistakes or bring a part of the man’s future to him (1 Corinthians 2:9). He does this through the Holy Spirit and reveals it to us by our spirit man. He sees time as a single entity whether 300BC or 2014AD. The years are like a single spreadsheet to Him. However, the devil can only dwell in the past and present. He cannot dwell in the future. He has no right and ability to. The devil is limited by time. He tries to use the activities (choices, decisions, relationships and circumstances) of the present to distort the future or use the errors of the past to limit the present and control the future. For instance, he brings the negative memory of the believer to create doubt, fears and worries.
The scriptures talks about man and God’s attitudes to time. For man, today is a reflection of yesterday and a formation of tomorrow or I would say preparation. The believers are to redeem time. We are charge in Ephesians 5:16 to make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days (God’s Word). Some other versions says make use of your time. So we can see that time is an opportunity. As the believer is to redeem time, God restores time. Joel 2:25 says And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the canker worm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. God speeds up or stop time (So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. Joshua 10:13). God works with time. For instance, Elisha prophesied “…by this time tomorrow.” God told Abraham “…by this time next year”. Israel’s captivity had a time allocation. We can see various places where the Great Elshaddai worked with time. To Him, today is a tool to shape His children’s future by ensuring and helping them makes right decision (Jeremiah 29:11). To the devil, his goal is to use today’s actions to mess up tomorrow by simply creating problems in a man’s life such that the person’s future is jeopardize. (John 10:10)
Concluding, Ecclesiastes 3 talks about 28 seasons of time. The Preacher begins the first verse by establishing the time for every purpose. Interestingly, there is purpose for every time. What you are to do should in particular time period. The men of Issachar had this gift (1 Chronicles 12:32 of the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…). Therefore, an understanding of the time will determine how far a man goes in life. This would help against procrastination and laziness. It is the believer’s responsibility to seek understanding (through the help of the Holy Ghost) of the seasons/time period in his or her life. Till next week, live the best for God.