By Debra Whittington
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8
With Daylight Saving Time quickly approaching, I decided now was the time to start preparing myself. Every day I plan to get up a few minutes earlier so when the time change goes into effect I will be a little more adjusted to it. Even though it comes two weeks earlier this year I will be ready for it.
I looked up the history of Daylight Saving Time and learned that the concept was around for a number of years.
In 1883, the railroads established time zones to standardize time throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to that time, each state or city decided on their own local time based on solar time. They used the clock in a church, courthouse, jeweler or other reliable source to keep time for them.
Daylight Saving Time was instituted during World Wars I and II and in 1966, the Uniform Time Act was passed. The law dictated that Daylight Saving Time go into effect on the last Sunday in April and ended the last Sunday in October. The time was expanded during the energy crisis years of 1974 and 1975 before returning to its original schedule.
While most of the country observes Daylight Saving Time, there are some states like Arizona and Hawaii that remain on Standard Time year round.
Thinking about the time change, I thought about a passage I recently read in the book of Joshua that relates to time. God promised the Israelites that He would give them the land of Canaan. One of the first decisive battles was the well-known battle of Jericho when the walls of the city fell. Other battles followed in which the children of Israel were victorious. In Joshua 10:8 we read, “And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand; there shall not a man of them stand before thee”.
God took care of the enemy for them. Later in the chapter it describes how more of them died from hailstones than by the sword. As remarkable as that was, it didn’t compare to what happened next in Joshua 10:12-14. “Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel”.
What a remarkable story of the power of God. God made time stand still in Joshua’s time but He actually turned back the clock in the case of Hezekiah. In 2 Kings 20 the story is told that Hezekiah was dying and the prophet Isaiah told him to get his affairs in order.
Hezekiah pleaded with God and the Lord healed him and promised he would add fifteen years to his life. Hezekiah asked for a sign and Isaiah asked if he wanted the shadow on the sundial to go forward or backwards. Since the time always moved forward, Hezekiah requested it go backward ten degrees, which it did. Once again it was a testimony of the power of the Lord.
Peter wrote that God’s time isn’t like our version of time. He also warned later on in 2 Peter 3:10 that there will come an end to this world. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up”.
How long will it be until the Lord comes back? Will it be one day or a thousand years? No one knows the day or year and that is why it is important to always be ready. In 2 Peter 3:9 we read, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance”.
Don’t put off making a decision to come to the Lord. The time is later than you think.