Back to the Future was a movie released in 1985. It depicts the main character going back into time and somehow altering the future because of choices he made. The sequel continues the saga but the movie goers discover in this movie that because life was altered in the first movie there is a chain of events that bring chaos. This new dilemma can only be solved by going into the future then back to the past again, but this time making sure things go “right”. Several movies since then (and I am sure some before) have followed the same theme…going back into time, changing history, which in turn changes the future and vice versa.
But my question: is time relevant? Or is time just dropped into our thinking, into our understanding so that we can comprehend events. We have a beginning and an ending. Life has a beginning and an ending. An hour, a day, a year all have beginnings and endings. So we assume that time, itself, must have a beginning and an ending.
That may be one reason why it is hard to understand a supreme being. We ask ourselves, “When did HE begin?” It may be the reason we cannot figure out the universe. It just keeps going and going and going, as if it is constantly being created. (Which is another story for another time.) And we cannot begin to fathom the words forever or eternity. How can that even be possible? We have been taught and understand that things begin and then they end.
But I think time is a constraint that might limit our thinking. We live in it, but only because it is our current reality.
I believe it was created for us so that we can acknowledge our surroundings, and have understanding and comprehension of our world and our lives. And who is it that created time for us? That would be the supreme being, God himself, the one is and was and is to come, the one that always has been.
There are many, many scriptures that refer to time for our benefit, referring to yesterday, today and tomorrow and suggesting time frames and beginnings and endings.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Gen. 1::1(KJV)
The Lord also explains his continuous existence :
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty”. Revelation 1:8 (NIV)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)
And the scriptures go on to explain that time is irrelevant in God’s eyes:
“But a thousand years in Your sight are but as yesterday when it is past or as a watch in the night” Ps 90:4 (ASV)
“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and thousand years like one day.” 2 Peter 3:8 (ASV)
In other scriptures the realm of the supernatural seems to not consider time.
“For He raised us up from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.” Eph 2:6 (NLT)
What? We are seated with him in heavenly places? But we are still residents on this earth. Again we have limited ourselves because we keep ourselves stuck in the frame of time.
Or consider the verses on healing:
“…by his wounds you WERE healed” 1 Peter 2:24b (ASV) or “and with his stripes we ARE healed.” Isaiah 53:(AKJV)
If I was ALREADY healed and was ALREADY seated in heavenly places with the Lord (I am there now spiritually, although I am here on earth) then these promises are relevant for us today, even though they already happened in the past.
Our Lord, who IS the beginning and the ending, who doesn’t seem to consider time, gives each of us a time frame to walk this earth, ordering our steps. Yet he cautions us to be wise with that time as we are all as fragile as a breath of air.
“Make the best use of your time. These are sinful days” Ephesians 5:16 (NLT)
It makes you consider the significance of YOUR time and how important it is to use it wisely.