“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” 2 Peter 3:3-10 (NIV).
The Lord does not see time as we see it. We have such small, fleeting lives that time seems like this huge thing. But to the Lord, the Creator of time and everything else, time is small. It is short. Everything that happens is happening now.
“Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were bornor you brought forth the whole world,from everlasting to everlasting you are God.You turn people back to dust, saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”A thousand years in your sightare like a day that has just gone by,or like a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:1-4 (NIV).
Think about it this way. If you had a ruler and made a mark every other millimeter it would seem like the marks were pretty close together. In fact we might even think they were touching. However if a flea looked at the marks it might think that they were miles apart. It is all about perspective.
“All our days pass away under your wrath; we finish our years with a moan. Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures;yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away. If only we knew the power of your anger! Your wrath is as great as the fear that is your due. Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:9-12 (NIV).
We need to not focus on the actions of the Lord, but on the ways of the Lord. For if we know His ways then we know Him. We know that the Lord is kind and merciful and yet holy. Therefore how can we expect anything less from Him, despite what we see happening around us?
“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame, nor let my enemies triumph over me.No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame,but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause. Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.Remember,Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good. Good and upright is the Lord;therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.” Psalm 25:1-10 (NIV).
When you get disheartened or afraid, remember “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5 (NIV).
Jack Meyers is a regular contributor for www.nannybackgroundcheck.com. As a detective he wants to spread the knowledge of terrible things that can happen when people don’t fully verify the credentials of a caregiver or any employee. He also writes for various law enforcement blogs and sites.