It’s not a mystery why the Bible talks about time so much. In the twenty first century, our whole world, all mankind are slaves to time. Deadlines, times to do certain things, time limits etc. Just think about how you only have a certain time to complete an exam, or a specific time to catch a flight or train. What about the time you have to wake up every morning? What time do you need to be at church on a Sunday? As the famous saying goes, time is never on our side.
As I was browsing the Internet one day, I came across a picture of a clock. It’s displayed to the right. The sundial here not only tells the time, but also gives us a very sharp warning. “Time by moments steals away, first the hour, then the day.” But this isn’t the only warning the sundial gives! In fact, if you look closely, it reads Proverbs 27 verse 1:
“Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.”
The Bible is FULL of warnings, and none are more striking than the ones about time. For example, in Psalm 39:4-5, it says,
“O Lord, make me know my end and what is the measure of my days; let me know how fleeting I am! Behold, you have made my days a few handbreadths, and my lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely all mankind stands as a mere breath!”
In James 4:13-17, it states,
“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
Yet, for many, the biggest warning about time in the Bible is given by none other than Jesus Christ himself:
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” ~ Mark 1:15
Some translations say that the kingdom of God is at hand. Either way, Jesus here is obviously showing us the urgency of his call to repent and believe the good news. For Christians, this warning is absolutely MARVELLOUS! For non Christians, this warning provokes one who doesn’t believe into making a choice. Repent and Believe, or reject the Good news and suffer the consequences.
Time can be a slave to us, yet the time when one is Saved from death, hell and punishment is the most pivotal, life changing time of his or her life. The title of this article comes from when Jesus talks about his second coming, that it will come like a thief in the night, and no one will know the day or the hour. If this is so, I plead with those who aren’t saved to repent and believe the good news, before time “steals away” and it’s too late.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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