I haven’t always made the best choices or sought God’s wisdom. There were many times that instead I followed worldly wisdom. Thankfully, we have an amazing God who takes care of all the details of our lives. The Lord created us — even knew what we would do in our lives — and He created us anyway!
“For you formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” (Ps. 139:13-16)
God created man for His glory and for His pleasure (Revelations 4:11). When God finished making this world on the sixth day, He looked on the whole of His creation and saw that it was all good, including the free will He gave man. Free will allows man to love God willingly; He gave us the freedom to choose Him because He wants a relationship with us. He is “not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with [Him]” (Ps. 5:4), so He created a remedy for our sin: Jesus Christ! “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
While we live in a physical world with its space-time dimensions, God dwells in a different dimension–the spirit realm. He isn’t limited by physical laws and dimensions, and thus transcends time. The science of physics tells us that time is a property resulting from the existence of matter; time exists when matter exists. But God is not matter; God, in fact, created matter. He sees all of eternity’s past and eternity’s future. He is without a beginning or end, eternal, infinite, everlasting. “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting You are God” (Ps 90:2).
Scripture reveals that God lives outside the bounds of time as we know it. Our destiny was planned before the beginning of time and before the creation of the world. God “saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” (2 Tim. 1:9).
“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3). In other words, the physical universe we see, hear, feel and experience wasn’t created from existing matter, but from a source independent of the physical dimensions we can perceive.
“God is Spirit” (John 4:24), and, correspondingly, God is timeless rather than being eternally in time or being beyond time. Time was simply created by God as a limited part of His creation for accommodating the workings of His purpose in His disposable universe (see 2 Peter 3:10-12). Whenever there’s change of any kind we know that time has passed. We see this as we go through life, as we age. And we cannot recover the minutes that have passed by.
What is so amazing to me as I studied today’s passage is the last line: “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Because God has no time constraints, He knew when He created me what my days would be–choices that I would make (good and sinful)–and He created me anyway! Not only that, but He desires to have a relationship with me.
That is truly THE definition of unconditional agape love–that He would breathe His breath into me after forming me in His image, and give me free will to choose Him or a sinful life. “For you, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy. How great are Your works, O Lord! Your thoughts are very deep!” (Ps. 92:4-5)
What response will you give Him for His amazing grace? I join the writer of Psalm 119 in gratitude for His faithfulness and asking for His wisdom: “Your hands have made and fashioned me; give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.”
- Life Application Study Bible (NIV)
- What Is God’s Relationship To Time?
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