God’s Daylight Savings plan
I’ve discovered that time goes by fast when you realize your child is old enough to vote. I’m so proud of my daughter for exercising her right and civic duty.
Let’s talk about time. Hopefully none of you arrived at church for worship last Sunday thinking you were on time for Sunday School. Most of us will need about a week to get over the time change.
God created time, God will someday end it, and in heaven, time as we know it will be no more. In the meanwhile, we shouldn’t be surprised at the fact that God can stop time if He so desires.
The Bible records an event in Joshua Chapter 10 where the sun stood still. It reminds me of the man before a judge who asked his name. “Joshua” he replied. “The Joshua who made the sun stand still?” the judge asked. “No…the Joshua who made the moonshine still.”
For years, skeptics made fun of this story and said, “that it couldn’t happen. It’s just folklore, a fairy tale.” They say, everyone knows it’s not the sun that moves anyway. Our planet revolves and rotates giving that impression. That’s true, but Joshua here is simply using language that we all do. The weatherman has been to school, and yet you can go home and watch the news tonight, and he’ll tell you when the sun will rise tomorrow, and set tomorrow night.
The important thing here is not how God did it, the important thing is that He did it. God could have used light refraction to do it. He could have stopped the motion of the entire universe. God could have caused the sun to move in the opposite direction if he wanted to.
Other skeptics say, if something like this happened, it would be a major historical occurrence. You’d think we’d have some mention of it in the annals of history, other than the Bible.
The fact is, we do have other historical records from Chinese, Egyptians, Greeks, Aztecs Incas of Peru, Babylonians, Greeks, Persians, and Polynesians. Most every ancient culture that you can study has a record of an extra-long day. They also have a record of a worldwide flood.
Verse 14 means it’ll never happen again. Never again will God stop the sun or bring time to a standstill.
God created time, and will someday end it, and in heaven, time will be no more. One more thing about time. God is in this present moment. God does not reside in the past. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us (Psalm 103:12). If we only look toward the future, put things off ‘til then, we miss out on the blessings of this present moment.
Don’t let the sun set on your life, missing out on this present moment and the God that is in it.
REV. JOHN MOXLEY can be reached at jmoxleydillwyn@ gmail.com.