Did you ever think of the importance of time? And where did time originate? Well in school you probably learned that some of the ancient civilizations initiated the recording of time by the use of sundials and the like. Certainly just by the position of the sun they as well as we could discern the approximate time of day.
Time is an important factor of life. You get up and go to work at a particular time. You’re off work at a certain time. The bus comes at a given time, and the airplane takes off at a certain time. Without time, the world would be chaos. How would you set up a meeting or know when to leave for an appointment. Imagine the wait you might have at the doctor’s office or the airport.
God in His infinite wisdom created time from the very fact that the Bible says “in the beginning.” There was a beginning and that certainly implies time. He made the week seven days – 7 literal twenty-four periods. (Gen 1) God commanded the Israelites to cease from work on the seventh day to keep it holy. (Ex 20:8) So time was necessary for them to obey the commands of God. They were also required to maintain track of the years because they were commanded to “neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard’’ as a Sabbath rest for the land in the seventh year. (Lev 25:3,4)
The first coming of our Lord was not a random event in the plan of God. He had a plan and timing for it. According to Paul in his writing to the church in Galatia, “But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.” (4:4,5) When Jesus came to Galilee, He preached, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Mark 1:15)
Some people think that this world is going to continue forever and forever. Others believe that the human race may destroy itself. But God has an appointed time to end it. Jesus responded to the question of the disciples concerning the time of the end by stating, “But of that day and hour no one knows…but My Father only.” (Matt 24:36)
And that leads me to my point, what am I doing with my time? What are you doing with your time? God has given each one of us so much time. He has a schedule and our time could end abruptly at the coming of Christ for His church. If He came today, would you be satisfied with how you have spent your time? Or is it time for a change?
“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16