And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on earth.’ And it was so. God made two great lights – The greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good and there was evening and there was morning – the fourth day. Genesis 1:14-19.
Day four is significant because it introduced the concept of time. Before the creation of the sun and the moon, there was an evening and morning, but only God could discern its coming and going. In his wisdom, God gave us the ability to measure time, which is a very human perspective. We’ve built a culture that is time oriented. We measure it, save it, mark it, kill it, make it, we want to turn it back, we’re a slave to it, and we’d like to have more of it.
Day four is such a significant moment that In Jeremiah 33:20, the scriptures speak of it in covenant terms — a promise that cannot be broken. Night and day have an appointed time. And just as surely as each day has a beginning and an end, there is an appointed time for every season in life, from birth to death.
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven…He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:1,11
So how we spend our time matters. We complain that we never have enough of it, but the truth is, we’re colossal time wasters. One of the deepest, darkest time holes I know of is the Internet. There are more than 2 billion users in the world spending more than 35 billion hours a month online. Greater than one fifth of that time is spent on social networking sites (1).
Now I realize you had to use the Internet to get to this blog post, and I’m so glad you did. But imagine what God can do in and through the life of a seeker who covenants to an appointed time with our Creator each day. Take a moment to consider what your own time covenant looks like. If you’re like me, you need to hit the reset button from time-to-time.
In Him, there is time-honored significance.
In Him, there is timeless rest.
In Him, all things are made beautiful in the course of time.
Today’s prayer: Father, your creation story reminds us that you are not bound by the constraints of time as we know it on earth. But with great clarity, we are reminded that each person is here by appointment only. Redeem the time that I’ve wasted on things that are not eternal, and help me to covenant an appointed time with you each day.