Summer’s going fast, nights growing colder
Children growing up, old friends growing older
Freeze this moment a little bit longer
Make each sensation a little bit stronger
– Rush, Time Stand Still
At this time of the year, we can only look back with longing on the summer that has passed,remembering those hot Sunday afternoons that we wished were cooler and thinking of how foolish we were! But all our protests against the coming winter seem to fall on deaf ears. Who can stop the progress of time? Even our own songbook proclaims, “Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all its sons away; they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.”1 Time passes inevitably, but does it pass hopelessly? Well, in order to answer this, we need to look at what time is and in particular, time in relation to God.
Well, what do we find in Scripture about God’s relation to time?
In Psalm 90, we read of God as the one who was “Before the mountains were born, or you gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.” Here God is described as one whose beginning predated the creation of the world. But it is more than that. Being ‘from everlasting to everlasting’ is a powerful descriptor meaning that as far as one can extend through time, God was there. There was no time you could point to where God was not present. God has no beginning or end.
This is also reflected in Psalm 102:26-27, “Even they will perish, but you endure; and all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing you will change them and they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will not come to an end.” God without beginning and without end.
Likewise 1 Timothy 1:17 describe