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17 God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”
Genesis 1:17-18 (NLT)
One of the things we become aware of as life goes on is that time is a gift. When we are young, we are perpetually eager to grow up. We believe that will allow us to do whatever we want to do.
As we get older we recognize that time is flying by and we have more things we need to do or want to do than we seem to have time.
Our days for some of us are too busy, but for others of us our days are too long and may feel empty. Our days can be chaotic and disorganized leaving us feeling spent.
Deadlines can come from every direction and these along with life’s demands result in our working longer hours into the night.
One thing is certain – once we have spent this gift of time, we cannot get it back.
We can forget that God is the author of time. He sets life in order from the very beginning as the book of Genesis shows us.
He created light to rule over the day and over the night.
Light was needed for vegetation and all life forms to flourish, but God knew we needed evening and darkness for rest and sleep to replenish. All nature follows that rhythm and He said it was good.
I think we have forgotten that the disorder of our days sometimes occurs because we try to upend this rhythm and order. We shun the limits of the clock and even the light and darkness believing we were not designed with limits or believing we can overcome them.
I wonder if our love-hate relationship with time is another evidence of that fallen part of us that resists God’s order and design. Rest is not only needed, but He desires to bless us in it.
It’s how He ordered the Sabbath.
Following God’s design for the rhythm of light and dark, day and night may well help us agree with Him that it is good.
Dear Lord, thank you that your design took all things that were essential into account for life. That design allows us to flourish and be blessed.
Help us to yield to your order for our days so that we can experience the fullness of blessing you want us to receive so we can join with you and say, “It is good.”