The many elements of time, as it relates to its interaction with mankind, can be interesting, to say the least. I think most of us can agree that time seems to be flying by and as the old saying goes, it waits for no man. Oftentimes, it (time) seems to have the upper hand because we find ourselves trying to outpace it, not lag behind it, redeem it, and handle it as efficiently as possible. Now while there are many wonderful aspects about time, like longevity of life, there is a part that concerns me … and that’s the deception of time.
While time in and of itself is not deceptive, people still find themselves deceived and unfavorably influenced by it. For instance, value and appreciation sometimes diminishes within a marriage because couples allow time to bury/overshadow the love that the relationship was initially founded upon. Time has the ability to provoke people with massive dreams to settle for unrealized hopes and dreadful regrets. Even more frightening, time can give way to complacency.
It scares me when I see friends and family fail to mature over time, abandon their morals and values over time, and simply not become better with time. This reminds me of King Solomon. He was a man full of wisdom and promise. He reverenced God and was esteemed of God; yet, the Bible says that in his old age, his heart was turned away from God, because he loved many strange women. What’s most bothersome to me is the fact that he waited until he was old to turn away from His God and betray his values. What did he allow to take place in his heart over the course of time? Perhaps, he became complacent and didn’t strive to become better with time. Maybe time quenched his excitement and appreciation of life. Nonetheless, whatever the reason, it cost him dearly---even part of his kingdom.
God, the Creator of everything, has designed you and I to improve with time---to keep our fervor and realize our dreams. You don’t have to lose hope and ambition; you can remain hopeful and steadfast. And while time has the tendency to make people fatigued and despondent, the Lord has given us a beautiful promise that transcends life itself. This promise is obtained when we resolve to trust and wait on Him in the midst of time and regardless of circumstances. I believe if Solomon had resolved to trust and wait for God, in the midst of the transition taking place in his old age; he would have never turned away from God---for God would have healed his restless heart. God has promised that those who wait upon HIM will renew their strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint. Dear friend, don’t be discouraged by time, remain hopeful, guard your zeal, and wait upon the Lord.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary; His understanding is beyond searching out. He gives power to the faint and increases the strength of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall. But those who wait upon the LORD will renew their strength. Isaiah 40: 28-31 BSB