Time Change

In the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, April 3, a dreaded event will take place. It’s the annual switch to Daylight Savings Time and that means we lose an hour of sleep. Not every locale in the U.S. observes this change, but most do. We enjoy the extended evening daylight during warmer weather. But what a challenge to adjust our bodies to arising an hour earlier in real time!
Another time change will take place in the future. And I don’t have in mind future adjustments for Daylight Savings Time.
An allusion to the idea can be found in 2 Timothy 1:9: “[God] has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began” (NKJV). Note that last phrase: “before time began”. Time is a relatively recent creation. Before God created time, there was only eternity. Since there was yet no sun, cycles of daylight and darkness were not measured. No clocks, no calendars, no aging.
In the future, at a date unknown to mortals, that system of eternity will be invoked for all humans who have ever lived. John testified to this truth: “And God [in heaven] will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Then he who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new'” (Revelation 21:4,5). After this future time change there will be no more death; bodies will not wear out with the passing of time, since time will be no more.
It’s hard for us to believe that such a world will exist. But remember it was God who affirmed, “Behold, I make all things new.” What a marvelous time — er, realm — that will be!
Make a note for yourself to change your clocks Saturday night before going to bed. Then, before you drift off to sleep, thank God for the great time change that will one day occur!

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