God Is Timeless

'But do not forget this one thing, dear friends:
With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day.'
2 Peter 3:8
Though I am terribly inconsistent, I like to keep a journal. In addition to helping me not forget things, it always reveals God’s faithfulness over time. One of the most explicit ways I see God’s faithfulness is by reading old journal entries. When I look back on most of my difficult days, conversations, or seasons of life, I almost laugh. I laugh because the things that felt like a mountain, are now a mole hill. Those things that consumed my thoughts and prayers last year, are now things I hardly even remember. Sometimes I even laugh at myself and wonder why I even made a big deal out of it in the first place!
Peter addressed this exact issue about time and hardship. They were experiencing plenty of persecution and suffering. I imagine if I was reading a journal from some of the early Church, I would recognize I don’t have much in life to complain about. As this particular group of people were being mocked about when Christ would return (verse 4), Peter delivers a strong and powerful truth to the Church: “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8). Peter’s main message to his believers here is this “Do not lose heart.” Do not lose heart because God operates on a different timetable than you. It means that God is timeless. Though he already knows the future, he is active in the present. We know that because the Bible is timeless. Its weight and value has remained true for thousands of years, which makes sense because in the beginning, the Word became flesh. God himself is timeless, and so is the Bible that we have access to today. Jen Wilkin says it this way – God is “free to act within time as he wills, he exists outside of it. He is simultaneously the God of the past, present, and future, bending time to his perfect will, unfettered by its constraints. The past holds for him no missed opportunity. The present holds for him no anxiety. The future holds for him no uncertainty. He was, and is, and is to come.”
So what does this mean for us? It means that that thing, that thing you are waiting on, will never be late and it will never be early. God’s got this. He is never late, nor is he ever early. For me, I think back to meeting my wife. Though at the time I deeply desired to find my wife in college, God’s timing for me to meet Stacy couldn’t have been any better. I was certain he made a mistake letting me graduate from Christian college still single! Little did I know how amazing of a story God was writing for me. Now looking back, it’s quite funny to see my stress and distrust of God. If I had known God planned for us to get married July 19th 2014, I would have never wasted time thinking about it so much. Rather I would have just trusted God’s timing is perfect. And it’s not just perfect for me, it’s perfect for you too. Whatever it is you are going through or waiting on, God’s got this. He’s never early, nor is he ever late.
Discussion Questions:

1.  Take a moment to look back over your life at times and situations where you may have
      felt things were not happening when you thought they should. Thank God for how
      he has worked for your good, on HIS timetable through each of these situations.
2.  Is there a timetable that you have created in your life that you need to surrender to
     God? Entrust it to him this morning, he’s got this.
Jay Quick | Student Ministries Director

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