“For you, a thousand years are as a passing day,
as brief as a few night hours.”
Psalms 90:4 NLT
The human race is time bound. We have a body clock that is perfectly in sync with a 24 hour day. We get agitated if a meal is late. We get up at the same time each day. Leave the house to travel to work at the same time each weekday morning. Catch the same bus at the same time. We reverse the journey after work, following the same pattern. We watch our favourite tv programme at the same time each day or week. And we finally fall into bed at the same time each evening, probably exhausted. A mad whirlwind of time-bound activities, crowding out our days. Woe betide anyone who disturbs our routines, changing our schedules.
But God is not bounded by time, because He is eternal. In His domain, time doesn’t exist. So He’s not in any rush. He isn’t bounded by a schedule. But what relevance does an eternal God have in our pilgrimage through life? Is He so far away in an alien environment that His involvement in our lives is minimal, if at all? We read that He neither “slumbers or sleeps” (Psalm 121:4). That He always acts “at just the right time” (e.g. Romans 5:6). He is always ready to help “in a time of trouble” (Psalm 46:1). God is intimately involved in our lives. Never pushy. Always respecting our life-choices. And because He is eternal He sees “the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10), acting always in accordance with His love and righteousness.
But back to our eternal, timeless God. One day we believers too will become eternal enjoying God’s presence for ever.