Have you ever noticed that not all minutes are the same length? Technically, I suppose they are, but as you experience time in ‘life moments’ maybe not so much. There are times when the minutes seem to fly ‘faster than a weaver’s shuttle’ (Job 7:6). There are other times when the minute hand moves painfully slow. Time appears to stand still, such as in, “So the sun stood still” (Joshua 10:12-14).
Recently, I experienced both situations in a rather short span of days. The holidays had brought our family together in our daughter’s new home. It was a wonderful time of sharing family love, faith, fellowship, and of course food. In the blink of an eye, the days quickly flew by.
Just a few days later, my wife whose love holds us together had a devastating heart attack. In the Cardiac Critical Care Unit, she struggled to hold on to life. We intently watched the heart monitors and other screens that indicated vital signs. We prayed for something positive. Moments seemed like hours and hours seemed like days. In what felt like time without end, she finally began to show signs of improvement. The long, long night was passing.
Scripture informs us that there is coming a day when time as we know it will end. The Apostle John writes, “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven” and he declared “that there should be time no longer” (Revelation 10:5-6). That day will come to all of us, either at the end of humankind’s sojourn on earth or to us as individuals at our moment of death.
When that moment comes to the child of God, they will then be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). There will be no end to the joy experienced in the Lord’s presence. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). But, to those who have chosen to reject God’s offer of salvation there is timeless suffering: “And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15 NKJV). There they will be with the Devil, “And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10 NKJV).
Will you take just a minute to see where you are in relationship to Jesus? The Message provides excellent advice: “Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it” (2 Corinthians 13:5, MSG).
~ Brother Roy