Throughout time (no pun intended) we have measured the passage of time in many ways. In ancient days, the period of a single day was measured by the rising or setting of the sun. A month was measured by the time it took between full moons. The ancient Egyptians even measured time with devices that used water. Suffice it to say the sun and its reflector, the moon, were the key instruments in time measurement.
Today time is measured by atomic means. Many of us have wall clocks and even watches which receive a signal from the atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado. It is one of the most accurate clocks in the world, with an expected error of one second over 100 million years! Not that any of us will be around to see if they’re right or not, but that’s a pretty accurate and reliable source for time. Like it or not, our lives are measured in time. But I ask you, do we have control over it?
This week I had a dear friend reach the end of his time on this earth. Did he have control over it? We have control over many contributing factors, but we all know we have as much control over our end-of-life time as we do in controlling the tides in the ocean. Just like the tides are controlled by gravitational factors of the sun’s reflector (the moon), God has his own timetable which only He controls.
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for everything and a season under the sun. You see the reference to time being measured by the sun. But I propose there is a time for everything under the Son, Jesus Christ!
Death is not the end. It is merely, for those who have given their lives to Christ, a change of address to a place specifically built for us! We are uncertain however when our time to change addresses will come. As with my friend, it was sudden and there were no indicators. But it was his time on God’s calendar for him to make a change of address. On that day, the brightness of God will shine brighter than the sun, and we will see the Son face to face, and there will be no more time.
There are multiple scriptures in the Bible which indicate we are not promised tomorrow. Proverbs 27:1 tells us to not boast about tomorrow, for we don’t know what the day will bring. Therefore, we only have today. Tell those closest to you today that you love them and give them a hug. When you close your eyes tonight, you might awaken in glory tomorrow!
As indicated with the title, I ask you as we do others when we don’t know the time, “What time do you have?”