NIV 2 Peter 3:8-10 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. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.
The older one gets the fast time seems to pass. The reality is that time does not change just our perception of it. Two thousand years seems like a long time ago. Some human beings my live to be a hundred years old. No human being lives to be a thousand years old. We are very limited by time. It is a measurement we both use and fear. In this world our time begins with birth and ends with our death.
Time also has a master. Time itself is a creation. Time has a birth and a death. God has made this so. Times only reason for existence is for us. It is a time of preparation. It is a time of learning. The lesson we are supposed to learn is love. The lesson many learn is to lie. They learn to lie to themselves. The learn to lie about their responsibility in time. The learn to lie in order to cover the lessons of love that God has placed all around us. The use the lie to keep God away.
The season of Lent is set in time. It is measured in forty days with six Sundays occuring within them. At the end of Lent, death occurs. Death that God experience. God who has joined in in time in order that we me learn the love that transcends time. Time has no hold on God. It does have a hold on us.
NIV Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
NIV 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Get these three Principles fixed in your hearts: that Things eternal are much more considerable than Things temporal; that Things not seen are as certain as the Things that are seen; that upon your present choice depends your eternal lot. Choose Christ and his ways, and you are blessed forever; refuse, and you are undone forever. – John Wesley
I hate making wrong turns. Being the intuitive I am I can drive along in my own little world and drive right past the exit I am supposed to take. I hate to think how my times I have driven right by the Abilene loop that leads to Winters and have had to exit by Walmart.
It is easy to get distracted from our destination in this life. There are lots of forces trying to get us to make wrong turns. What is the last time you saw a commercial on TV or an ad in a secular magazine trying to get you to prepare for your ultimate eternal destiny. If anything they will try to distract you and get you to focus on how their product can make you happy now. These are at best distractions and at worse delusions.
God has given us a promise in Jesus. A promise that can guide us now and which will put us on our knees in thankfulness in days to come. Lent is a time of check God’s map for our journey. It is a time to gain awareness of where we are going and why. When we give time daily to God through the means of grace of reading Scripture, praying, fasting, or practicing other spiritual disciplines that bring us close to God and God’s influence in our lives we are blessed by the promises. We are able to stand firm against deception and delusions. John Wesley is right. The choices are up to us.