DST starts on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2 a.m. In the wee hours of the morning, when you reach out to advance your clock and curse losing an hour of that precious weekend, seriously think about resetting or starting an intimate relationship with God. For me, it’s usually early in the morning that I have the opportunity to celebrate an hour alone with God. These are the divine moments given to us by Him. I recognize that in my life, this thing called time passes quickly and can often feel out of control.
We all know the old saying, “time or tide waits for no one”. The origin is uncertain, although it is clear that the phrase is ancient and predates modern English. “Tide” did not refer to the contemporary sense of the word, that is, to the rise and fall of the sea, but to a period of time. When this expression was coined, the tide meant a season, a time or a moment.
Although man cannot stop time, God can and He has stopped the clock as mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible. God created time and as such He can manipulate it and use it to serve His purpose and bring glory to His Kingdom.
In Joshua chapter 10, Joshua was on a mission to defeat the five evil kings of the Amorites. The five kings had lost a long-running war with Joshua’s army and planned to attack the great city of Gibeon, whose rulers had made peace with Joshua and with the sons of Israel.
God had guided Joshua to many victories so far with deceptive maneuvers and swift strikes against the enemy. Again Joshua fell upon the enemy suddenly with an all night march and the Lord confounded the Amorites before Israel. The battle between the combined armies of the five Amorite kings and the army of Israel resulted in Joshua’s army killing them with great speed and pursuing them mightily in their retreat.
Joshua wanted total victory and feared that the day would end soon and his enemy would escape. So, in a moment of deep faith, he prayed aloud, in front of his army, and asked God to command the Sun to stand still so he could complete the victory.
“On the day that God delivered the Amorites to Israel, Joshua spoke to God, and all Israel listened to him: “Stop, Sun, on Gibeon; Halt, Moon, over the Aijalon Valley. And the sun stood still, the moon stood still until he defeated his enemies… the sun stood still in the middle of the sky and did not rush to set for about a whole day . There was no day like this before or after” (Joshua 10:12-14).
God controls the sun, moon and stars and sets in motion the days, hours and minutes. Not a minute goes by that God ignores. His authority over time, as demonstrated in Joshua defeating the Amorites, reveals His occupation every minute of every day. In Psalm 90:4, Moses enlightens us with a profound analogy by describing God’s timelessness: “For a thousand years are in your sight like a day that has passed away, or like a watch in the night.
Like Joshua, we often would like to see time stand still for a day so that we can catch up and enhance God’s presence in our lives. So come on Sunday morning, take the time to dialogue with God and ask to know him. God has a will and a plan for your life. He wants you to know him personally and intimately and to trust him completely. He needs you to understand His principles, what He wants to accomplish in your life, and how He wants you to live that life.
The best approach to getting to know God is to take the time to discover Him. Join a local Bible-believing church. You will soon understand that he is faithful and sincere and that he is a very loving friend.
“I came that they might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).
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