Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world,from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”-Psalm 90:2
Time is something that we are always gauging things by whether its appointments, meetings, scheduled plans, or time away for ourselves. Sometimes, the most important event in our daily activities is the time we make to sleep as sleep is something that so many lack and without question, time is such an important concept. For many, it’s one of the first lessons ever learned.
For me, I remember my grandfather showing me his watch and helping me understand how the little and big hands worked and what each little line meant. At the time, time wasn’t something important to me as this was before the kindergarten years but it wouldn’t be long before I realized just how important time would be for me and everyone around me.
When I started to school, I had to wake up earlier than I was used to so I could get ready for school. This included working on a schedule to wake up, shower, and get dressed in time so I could get to the bus stop and to school on time and ever since, it has been one scheduled event after another. It’s funny how small events like this prepare us for the routines of life to come.
In thinking about the many routines of life and how we gauge all of these different events with time, I was left wondering about time itself. How did it begin and other similar questions entered into my mind and while many will say I think about things too deeply (and they’re right), there are answers to questions like this and when we dig deeper into them, the answers are fascinating.
Scripture is the best place for us to begin and end any conversation and this includes referencing ideas and concepts. In Genesis 1:1, we literally read “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (English Standard Version). One part of the equation that throws so many people for loops is when was the beginning that God created the heavens and the earth which put time into motion? Another part of the equation is did God exist before he created time?
Again, this is me overthinking and thinking deeply about things but this is what we need to do when we think about God and how God does things. Remember, God is the same at all times as He never changes so how God did things in the beginning, He still operates the same way, today (Hebrews 13:8). The first verse in Genesis Chapter 1 explains to us that God created the universe and everything about it including space, time, and matter and it cannot be understated that one cannot exist without the other.
No, I am not a science major nor do I understand all there is to astronomy and the other types of sciences studied but space and matter exist in time and time requires space and matter. All of the things in our universe work together in harmony as though there was a divine creator that put all things into motion the way they supposed to….which is true as God created all things the way they are to properly function together in unity. Regardless of how man feels about God’s creation, all things work together according to a bigger purpose.
As most know, even those who are not Christians, God is eternal and exists from beginning to end. God, the creator of time, space, and matter, is not limited by either three as He exists outside of the universal limits that we, as human beings, are restricted by. Simply put, God is the great “I AM” and has always existed even before any mountain and body of water: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
This is an article that could go on for pages and while I would love this opportunity, for the sake of time, I will make this article short. However, in saying this, as people but more importantly, as Christians, we must understand that God is, was, and will always be who He is. God is never changing—and this should not be taken as a talking point but a point of emphasis—from beginning to end as God has always been. In other words, He was not created as God is a creator, not a created being, and while this may still be difficult for mortal minds to grasp, the proof for His existence is all around us.
“The more I study nature, the more I stand amazed at the work of the Creator. Science brings men nearer to God.”-Louis Pasteur