Words from the Heart for Tuesday June 21st, 2016
For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.
Psalm 90:4 (NIV)
A Thousand Years
Time consumes us. We try to make time for more things. We feel the limits of time. Yet the Lord is the eternal God, and He works according to His timeframe. Do you have trouble understanding why God is not acting as quickly as you like? Ask Him to give you a greater understanding of how His timeframe works.
A thousand years ago the first Europeans arrived on the shores of what is now Canada. The scourge of North Western Europe, the Vikings, were also among of the greatest seafarers in the annuals of history. They fearlessly sailed the waters of the North Atlantic in open longboats in some of the worse weather, most dangerous conditions, and coldest water the world can offer. In the 790’s AD, the Vikings, due to lack of land and a population explosion, began to strike out upon the Western European landscape with terrifying attacks on the coasts of Britain, France and Ireland. Then they came across the hostile North Atlantic through the cold and past the icebergs. They were in search of new lands to settle and resources to exploit, and in AD1000 landed at Lance aux Meadows in present-day Newfoundland.
Human beings measure time in hours, days, months and years. God’s time measurement is far different. He sees things in the light of eternity. God is outside of time and so rules over the world with a sense of the big picture. We get so concerned over the things that can ruin our day. God is watching over us, able to keep our entire lives under His control. The Psalmist proclaims, in Psalm 90:1 that the Lord has been the dwelling place of the righteous throughout all generations. And then in verse 4 he writes “For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” We find it difficult to understand what it must be like to live outside of time. But God does, and he watches over our lives with love. God is watching over your life right now. He has a plan for your whole life and you have the assurance that He knows exactly what needs to happen for His best for you to come to pass. You may be going through something really painful or difficult right now, and you can’t possibly see your way out of it. It looks dark and there doesn’t seem to be any hope. But God knows what lies beyond this and He will carry you through. Trust Him that He sees beyond the immediate situation and that He will bring about His plan for you.
These have been words from the heart.