Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. Gen 1:3-5
God’s first words at creation were “Let there be light.” Yet He didn’t create the sun, moon and stars for another three days!
I think I’ve always felt that we have days and seasons because the earth turns on its axis and rotates around the sun, but it seems that God actually established time before He made the lights in the heavens that measure it. His own brilliance must have been what lit those first days, because He had not yet made any other source of light.
Since I have always had a love/hate relationship with time, it is fascinating to me that practically the first thing God set up (right after the heavens, the earth, and light) was time. He made days–the evening and then the morning.
Sometimes we feel that life is hard and time is long. Yet time is ephemeral–to God, one day is the same as a thousand years. It simply means nothing to Him. He gave us time for our benefit, but to God, everything is in the Now.
God, who easily inhabits the everlasting, knew that our brains could not wrap around such a concept, so he gave us the framework of time, a way for us to arrange and order our existence here, to learn from Him until we are able to join Him in eternity. He gave us days.
Teach me Lord to number my days. Not simply to count them, but to keep an account of them, to make them count.