Wednesday, December 16

Scripture Passage: Luke 1:5-25 “And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17)

The concept of time has always fascinated me. I especially enjoy movies that explore the inevitable paradoxes that occur with travel back in time. It is also interesting how our perception of the passage of time changes depending on our circumstances. We are all familiar with the phrase, “time flies when you are having fun,” and have experienced how quickly time seems to pass when we are fully occupied in some activity. Conversely, when we are waiting for something, time seems to drag and the phrase “A watched pot never boils” is often quoted to distract us from the difficult experience of watching and waiting.

I am curious about how time works in Heaven. God clearly has a very different perspective on time. We read in 2 Peter 3:8, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” In Luke 1:17, the angel of the Lord is laying out the plan for John’s life which is going to start immediately with his birth, but part of this plan can also be found prophesied in Malachi 4:5 over 400 years earlier. Whereas we tend to think in terms of days and weeks when we are making plans, God frequently seems to work on a much larger time scale that can include numerous generations.

As Christmas approaches, it seems natural for our thoughts to turn to our children as we try to find gifts and make preparations for the celebration. From a longer term and Godly perspective, if we are really to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, then in this regard we should also turn our hearts to our children to ensure they are prepared to be the next generation.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank You for the time You have given us on this earth. Thank You for the earthly life of Jesus that we may come to know You as Father. Help us build and maintain relationships with our children so that they may also grow in their relationship with You. Guide us day by day so that we may be prepared for the return of the Lord, in whose name we pray, Amen.

Toby Bowen – 2016