“We bring you good news, that you should turn from these vain things to a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:15-17
“What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God,.. and find him… For ‘In him we live and move and have our being.’ ..We ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness.” Acts 17:23-31
The LORD over time is LORD of man. He has created us and provided everything for our needs and good. He determines when and where we are born, and into what families. He gives us freedom to walk in our own ways, giving ample evidence of His love, beauty, sufficiency, and power. Yet man so often chooses to make gods with human hands, objects and fetishes we can hold and control, affections we can nurse and indulge in on impulse. The sovereign Potentate of time, Who has determined when He will judge every person, pursues individuals and purveys the truth of the gospel to all who will hear, “Repent!” “Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43)
We who are bound by time can get caught up in it, filling our days with activity and our moments with frenzy. We can fill our schedules with building temples to man, our minds with lowly thought, our hands with meaningless occupation. And when we come before the Master, what will we have to show? Treasures we have laid up in heaven, crowns to offer God in worship, or ashes of a wasted life? (Matthew 6:19-20; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15; Revelation 4:10-11)
What vain things captivate me today? What idols distort my view of the High and Holy One? What compulsion to man-make and serve and achieve distracts from doing all as unto Him? (Colossians 3:23-24)
“Crown Him the Lord of years,
The Potentate of time.
Creator of the rolling spheres,
All hail, Redeemer, hail!
For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise shall never, never fail
Throughout eternity.” ~Matthew Bridges (1800-1894)
Lord, let me never forget Who You are, and that I will one day stand before You to account for all I do. Have Your way with me in every moment. (2 Corinthians 5:10)