Time is not the natural state of the universe. In the beginning, existence was static. There was no then and now – and yes, I realize that in saying “There was…” I am forcing the idea of time on the concept of timelessness. Such are the limitations of the English language when working with these sorts of ideas.
Time is, in fact, the first synthetic. It will serve it’s purpose and be discarded in the cosmic landfill, where, as opposed to plastic water bottles, it will cease to exist immediately.
The pan-historic God created time because we needed it. He devised time as a cavity in true reality, giving us the space to experience the luxury of process, the decadence of choice, and the divine opportunity to work out our own salvation.
In the natural state of the universe, uninterrupted by creation, there is no room for such things as Armenianism or Calvinism. Isms were non issues in the realm of the fully evident I am. Debating the details demands time – and there was no necessity of time because the full details were self evident.
In inventing time, God did not just provide an opportunity but rather made space in eternity for opportunity. ‘Before’ time, no choices were made. No choices were available. Now, even in our agonizing over this or that, we must remember that this kind of agony is a gift that is a fairly recent development in the cosmos.
Waiting on God is an exceptionally extravagant act. We are spending that which was invented for our own benefit. Let us not waste the waiting or despise the gracious offer of room in eternity. Room to turn. Room to decide. Room to make vows that will matter all the more when the season of time expires.
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