Ikuro Teshima

A Thousand Years Are like One Day

You turn man to destruction,
And say, "Return, O children of men."
For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.

In God's world the time units by which humans count are like nothing—and practically irrelevant. Man was created from the dust of the ground; he came from the dust and returns to dust. To know this fact leads us to realize what eternity is. "A thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past" means that one thousand years go by just as yesterday passed by. But in the eyes of the eternal God, a thousand years are like one moment.

God's Time Flows from the Future

You carry them away like a flood;
They are like a sleep.
In the morning they are like grass which grows up:

Verse 5 is akin to the flood that recently struck my city, Kumamoto—an overwhelming flow of water swallowing everything. "You carry them away like a flood" depicts a gushing stream flowing like from a waterfall.

We tend to think that time runs from the past to the future; on the contrary, the biblical perspective is that God's time flows from the future to the past. Our daily life of faith hinges on how we view time. For example, some attribute their present misfortune to their past, which they think determines their present. Binding themselves by the law of causation, they focus on and blame their past and lament their present.

On the contrary, people with true faith should not hold such a view of time; they should not feel sorry, for they know that everything comes from the eternal world and that time comes from the presence of God. However bad one's past may have been, there is a stream with tremendous energy that can completely overturn both the past and present. God's time flows and pours forth from the future world toward the present. There exists a river of life that pours out like an overflowing flood. Now let us raise our eyes and look up to the future!

In Acts 3 Peter preached that the time of Christ had come and that the gospel had begun. From the day of Pentecost the souls of the disciples greatly changed because "times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19). The Greek words καιροι αναψυξεωζ (kairoi anapshukseos), translated "times refresh" might as well be translated as "times of refreshing." "times of revival" or "times of reviving." When we live in the flowing life of Christ—a new current of time—and time thrusts forth from the presence of the Lord, we will also be saved. Peter and the rest of Jesus' disciples were revived and refreshed by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. At such a time "Your peace would have been like a river" (Isaiah 48:18).

The breath of the eternal One flows and so does the time of spiritual comfort. Unless we touch such spiritual atmosphere, we will not be saved. Even if we try to repent and return to God, we cannot do so on our own. However, once we abide by the current of revival, we will instantly experience a spiritual conversion and rebirth by God's love.

(1956)

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