A Day Is As A Thousand Years

Posted on: 7-15-112011

Recently, I read the book  A Lifetime of Wisdom by Joni Eareckson Tada.  She said something that I found very interesting, and it’s been on my mind ever since.  She referred to the following verse:

“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8

She said that she thinks that we all understand the second part of the verse that says “a thousand years as one day”, but she wonders about the first part “one day is as a thousand years.” She asked the question, “What kind of math is that?”  Her answer was basically that it is the kind of math that only “the One who lives outside of time, who is not bound by time, and can step in and out of time whenever He pleases to accomplish His purposes” can understand.  She goes on to say that God can take any 24 hour period and give it an eternal impact.  As His children, what we do in Him also has eternal impact.  Because He is eternal, everything about Him is eternal.  Everything we do in obedience to Him, to serve Him, or to serve others in His name becomes eternal.  She did some of her own math, just using 1,000 years to represent our 24 hour period as an example for us to understand what kind of impact our time has.  When I saw this broken down, it made me realize how important it is for me to use my time wisely…to use my time to do all I can to further God’s Kingdom because each little minute makes an impact far greater that I may ever imagine.

If 24 hours in our time represents 1,000 years, then:

One hour would equal about 4 1/2 years

One single minute would equal about 8 1/2 months

Now, while this is just an example, the thought is amazing to me.  What if I spend one hour ministering to someone and it equated to 4 1/2 years in God’s time?  What if I just lifted someone up in prayer for one minute and it equated to 8 1/2 months in God’s time?  To me, that’s mind-boggling!  But the truth of the matter is this…this example is just that…an example to make us see the impact we can have.  The actual truth is that every single second we spend doing something for Christ has an impact that is eternal…it’s effects will never stop.  Every minute we spend in prayer has eternal effects, every minute we spend reading His Word becomes eternal, every minute we spend ministering/serving/teaching in His name has infinite limits.  So, the next time I only have a couple of minutes to pray, read His Word, or do something in His name, I’m going to remind myself that even that small amount of time will last for eternity.





1 Response to "A Day Is As A Thousand Years"

Did you have fun doing math problems again?

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