Pastor Tim Douglas: Times flies …
If you’re like me, I usually would complete the statement “time flies…” with the words “when you’re having fun.” As I thought about the subject of time, and how little of it I seem to have these days, it brought me to the original intent of time. God established time from the beginning of creation. In fact, we find that God, who exists outside of time and is eternal, chose to create our universe and everything in it, in a timeframe of six days. I don’t want to get into a debate at this point whether it was a literal six days or eras of time. However, we certainly can find from the creation story the purpose of time.
Genesis 1 and 2 tell us that God created everything within a time of six days and then on the seventh day rested from his work creation. Did God need to rest? No. Why does the scripture specify seven days instead of six? God could have not mentioned at all that he was finished with creation and was now going to rest. God established a seven day cycle in the life of the world he created. God established with the Israelites, his chosen people, that their lives were to have a seven day cycle and that seventh day was named, by God, the Sabbath. The purpose of the Sabbath was to rest just as God had done after the creation. God commanded the Israelites that every seven years the land was to have a rest, a Sabbath, from growing crops, and that the year after seven Sabbath years, every 50 years, that all property that had been sold to pay debt was to be returned to the original owners, all debts were to be forgiven and slaves were to be set free, which was called a jubilee year. God established a day of rest so that we could recover from our labors of the week and to worship him who gives us the strength to labor and everything we have.
Can the statement “time flies when you’re having fun” apply all the time to your life? Honestly, there are times when I am not having much fun in life and time seems to drag like I’m the smallest tractor at a tractor pull. I get a little momentum and then the weight begins to shift and slows me down, then stops me totally. So what is the solution to not having enough time or feeling dragged down with the load of life? Jesus stated in Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
When I’m not having much fun in life and it seems the weight of the journey is crushing down on me it probably is a very good indication I have not spent the time I need in the presence of Jesus. When we come to Jesus with the burdens of life he gives us divine strength and rest to continue the journey. I have found that I must take the time because the time to be refreshed by the Holy Spirit will not come naturally. God Bless!