Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Blessing of Day and Night

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” – 2 Peter 3:8

Today is Thursday.  All 24 hours of it are just Thursday, the day before Friday, the day after Wednesday.  But in God’s eyes, it’s not.  With God, time is without the period at the end when we sleep.  To Him who neither sleeps nor slumbers (Psalms 121:4) time is just time.  But yet on the very first day of creation, even as the very first act of creation, He chose to make day and night.

I think the reason He made them was for us.  We need to split our days up.  We need to have yesterday with all its troubles pass, and rest before starting today.  We need the hope of tomorrow.  We need to know that His mercy is “new every morning” (Lamentation 3:23) so we don’t feel like every day is a failure. 

Imagine if there was no period at the end of the day with nightfall.  Imagine the dread that would become each and every hour as we dredge through life like soldiers cutting hours off of life one by one.  How would we make a fresh start? How would we number our days?  There would be no calendar, no birthdays, no holidays, just time. 

I think this gives new meaning to Isaiah 55:8 which says ““For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.” And I think it shows even again His great love for us that He would begin and end our time on earth with mornings and nights.

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