Time, tapestry and God

We’re sitting in the auditorium in the congregation we attend. Facing the pulpit, we look at the walls to the right and the left and imagine a powerful string stretched from one to the other.

On that string, we see a beautiful, brightly colored tapestry. The tapestry begins on the right wall and ends on the left and it represents time as we know it.

On the right wall is creation (Genesis 1-2) and on the left wall is the return of Christ and judgment (John 14:1-6; Revelation 20:11-15). In the middle, we have the measurable days of the human existence.

That tapestry is all we know, which is why we wrestle with the infinite nature of God (Deuteronomy 33:27). It doesn’t register in our finite existence. We in the flesh, limited by time and space, can nonetheless be boundless in our spirit through faith (Hebrews 11:1).

God is not limited by our conception of time (Psalm 90:4). We must constantly fight the fleshly impulse to restrain him there. He’s unleashed by infinity so time is meaningless to him (2 Peter 3:8).

“Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89).

God’s Word was established and finalized before the tapestry existed. Before humanity was the Word (John 1:1) and it will still be authoritative after the end of time. It’s beyond our reach and we’re hopeless to change it.

We can try to eradicate the Word but it’s settled in heaven and we’ll be judged by it (John 12:48). We can’t do anything to stop the books from being opened. We can only submit (James 4:10) or disobey (Romans 1:18). It’s our choice (Ezekiel 18:19-23).