Daylight saving time is upon us. Twice a year we get to adjust the hour hand on our clocks or modify a number on our digital time-tellers. For many of us nowadays, the change has been automated; we don’t even have to push a button. I wonder if some people even go on without even knowing the change takes place…until that Sunday morning right after, when the alarm goes off waking a person from either less sleep than usual or more.
Each state has the right to opt out of this time change. Some states have considered passing a law that exempts them from making the change. But, of course, we really aren’t changing time; we are changing the way we live, responding to the movement of the earth in relationship to the sun. We want to make the best use of those precious daylight hours.
Time is a strange thing. Sometimes we experience the passing of time differently; we say things like, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” or, “I had such a long day at work.” But, really, there is only One who can change time (Daniel 2:20-21). God created time, lives outside of time, and determines when or if time will cease. Moreover, God has appointed the time when things happen.
Throughout his three-year ministry, Jesus said and did things that the Jewish leadership of his day did not like. Repeatedly, they wanted to arrest him. On two occasions, John the Gospel-writer explains that the Jewish leaders didn’t arrest him “because his hour had not yet come” (John 7:30; 8:20). Then, the night when he actually was arrested, Jesus said, before it happened, “The hour has come” (John 17:1). Everything that transpired, from Jesus’ arrest to his crucifixion and resurrection, happened according to God’s plan (Acts 4:27-28) and at the right time (Romans 5:6). We may not be able to actually change time, but we can trust the One who works all things according to his own good purposes (Ephesians 1:11) and who works all things together for the benefit of those who love him (Romans 8:28).
Mr. Justin Langley is Minister of Discipleship of Kilgore Bible Church in Kilgore. You can reach him through the congregation’s website: www.kilgorebiblechurch.org.