In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In the beginning- In the beginning, God created time. Before God created; God existed outside of time. Time is a creation of God. Time exists within God. God exists outside of time.
CS Lewis, a British novelist and Christian apologist gave a simple illustration that helps us in a limited sense understand time a little better-
Draw a short line in the middle of a piece of paper
The Paper is God the line is all of time
We exist within time while we are on the earth and are thus constrained by time. However and more importantly we exist within God. God is not limited or constrained by time. Time was created for the physical world to exist within, but is never a limiter of the power and authority of God. Time is a tool in the hand of God.
Psalm 90:2 & 4
2 Before the mountains were born Or You gave birth to the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it passes by, Or as a watch in the night.
II Peter 3:8
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
Why is it a benefit to us that God exists outside of time?
When we give our lives to Christ then we are in a position to give each moment to Christ. It is interesting that we first start with giving Him our eternity and then as we learn to trust Him with each moment we grow in sanctification (Holiness, being set apart to God, purity). We fail to give Him each moment only when we fail to see Him in the moment. And we fail to see Him in the moment only because our eyes (both physical and spiritual) are fixed on something other than Him.
Thus, when by faith we learn to look to the God who stands outside of time we too, can in a way; live outside the constraints of time. The laws of the Spirit are not limited by the laws of the physical and by time itself UNLESS we submit the spiritual to the servitude of the physical and time.
Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
According to this passage how can we make the most of the time (the dash) God gives us?
How are you consuming/spending “the dash” of your life in the temporal things of life?
How are you investing the dash of your life in the eternal things of God?
Our life is but a limited “dash” of time. Give your “dash” to God today and see how He will multiply it.
The Dash Poem (Read by Author) Linda’s web site: www.Linda-Ellis.com