I observe my parents; their siblings, and friends…can I remember when I was younger? Yes! Amazing, “time”! There was a period before ‘Time’! This is an outstanding notion. But, think on this: we are a ‘mass of cells’ functioning together to allow life, but from whence does it come?
Yes! We can study evolution till we are red or pale! There was a start, a beginning. Two cells did not ‘decide’ to work together to produce… The dynamic is from…. whence?
Studies of the “Big Bang” have been examined extensively! Before that? It is truly mind boggling! The Big Bang Theory is our best guess about how the Universe began.
The main question is: Before that? If we truly examine the basis of ‘time’ it could not have existed before the Big Bang, so what was there?
We have heard: “In the beginning God Created the Heavens and the Earth. Now the Earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”
The most complete account of ‘life’ on Earth concerning the age of the Earth, the Bible’s genealogical records combined with the Genesis 1 account of Creation are used to estimate an age for the Earth and Universe of about 6000 years, with a bit of uncertainty on the completeness of the genealogical records, allowing for a few thousand years more. No Man has lived longer than the account of Methuselah: He had the longest lifespan of all those given in the Bible, having died at the age 969. According to the Book of Genesis, Methuselah was the son of Enoch, the father of Lamech, and the grandfather of Noah. Elsewhere in the Bible, Methuselah is mentioned in genealogies in 1 Chronicles and the Gospel of Luke.
We are sharing about ‘Time’, my question to you is: What will you do with the time you have been given? Yes! Believe it or not,
Because God knows everything (1 John 3:20)—even the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:29-30)—we can be sure that He knows exactly when, where, and how we will die. The Bible talks about a “book” in Psalm 139:16 that could be a reference to God’s knowledge: “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” God knows absolutely everything about us (Psalm 139:1-6). There is no secret action or thought that escapes His notice. He knows what we have done, what we’re doing, and what we’re going to do in the future. (Yes, He even knows about that thing you do.) God knows every second of our lives from the moment we were conceived to the split second our souls leave our bodies.
So does this mean your fate is sealed?
Do we have zero control over the day and time when we will die? Well, yes and no, depending on how you look at it.
From God’s point of view, the answer is “yes” because He’s omniscient, meaning He knows exactly when, where, and how anything will go down—including how we leave this earth. Nothing we can do will change what God already knows will happen.
On the flipside, the answer is “no” from our perspective because as far as our limited minds are concerned, we do have an impact on when, where, and how we die. We could choose to jump off a bridge in front of a train, thereby “choosing” the day and time we die. Obviously, a person who commits suicide would have lived longer had he not committed suicide. In the same way, if we decide to make dumb choices like put ourselves in dangerous situations, overdose on illicit drugs, or eat 100 Twinkies in under a minute, we’ve hurried our own death. The person who dies of lung cancer or a heart attack maybe wouldn’t have died in the same way or at the same time if he had made different choices. So, yes, our own decisions have an undeniable impact on the manner, timing, and place of our death.
But! Our choices don’t change the fact that God still knows what we’re going to choose. Yeah, that blows my mind too.
Practically speaking, how does this affect your life?
Both regardless and because of the fact that God knows everything, we are to live each day for Him. After all, if He knows what’s going to happen (and we don’t), it might be a good idea to listen to Him. James 4:13-15 says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.'”
Make wise decisions about how you live your life and how you take care of yourself. God may know what we’re going to choose, but it’s still up to us to make those choices. Don’t worry about the time and day of your death. It’s not for us to know. Honestly, if I knew when I was going to die, I would probably be so focused on that date that I’d never get anything accomplished.
Not sure what’s the best choice to make? Guess what? God does. Trust that He is in control and ask Him. He wants to help you!
Bible Verses for Guidance
1. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
I love that these verses teach us where to put our faith, value, & time.
Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
2. Job 8:7
This verse is important to remember, especially when teaching your heart not to let pride or the concern of what others might think guide your decision.
Your beginnings will seem humble,
so prosperous will your future be.
3. Psalms 37:37
Learning from the lives of others is valuable knowledge, especially when it involves gaining a peaceful heart & mind!
Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.
4. Proverbs 23:18
A good verse to remember when you feel uncertain about your path or the decision you have to make. God has a plan for you & you are not alone!
There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
5. Proverbs 24:14, Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 6:22, & Proverbs 11:3
(Yes, I know this is more than one… But they all correlate so well!)
It is so important to seek wisdom from your elders, parents, & people whose judgement you respect & trust. No matter how old you are there is always more you can learn from these people!
Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.
Let the wise listen and add to their learning,
and let the discerning get guidance.
When you walk, they will guide you;
when you sleep, they will watch over you;
when you awake, they will speak to you.
The integrity of the upright guides them,
but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.
6. Ecclesiastes 8:7
Even still, in the end we must keep our eyes & ears open to God & trust His wisdom over all else!
Since no one knows the future,
who can tell someone else what is to come?
7. Exodus 15:13
This promise rings true for all His people in all generations.
In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling.
8. Romans 8:38-39
And no matter what decision you make, big or small, if you are following the Word of God in your life, He will be with you, because nothing can separate you from His loving care.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
9. Psalms 23:2
And we can trust that He will lead us to peace & joy.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters.
10. Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
And we pray always…
Guide me in Your truth and teach me,
for You are God my Savior,
and my hope is in You all day long.
Since You are my Rock and my Fortress,
for the sake of Your name lead and guide me, Amen.