We are slaves to time! I set my alarm at a certain time in the morning. I do devotions for about one hour, I exercise for another hour, I shave, shower and dress and try to start my day at a particular time every morning. I go to 30 slaves of timebed at a certain time. The older I get the earlier that gets! I schedule appointments and meetings all of which make me a slave to my watch and my calendar. The Rolling Stones sang a song entitled, “Time is on my side.” It certainly does not appear to be on my side. Tozer wrote, “We are creatures of time—time in our hands, our feet, our bodies—that causes us to grow old and to die.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 teaches us that there is a “time” for every purpose under heaven: “a time to be born, and a time to die.” The five most frequently repeated words in the Old Testament are “and it came to pass.” Everything under the sun is a slave to time.

C. H. Spurgeon wrote, “The more spiritual a force is the less it lies within the chains of time. The electric current, which has a greater nearness to the spiritual than the grosser forms of materialism, is inconceivably rapid from that very reason, and by it time is all but annihilated.” Whether Spurgeon understood electricity or not I like the thought of the Spirit transcending the slavery of time. You see, although we are all slaves to time and actuary time tables, “God has placed eternity in our hearts” (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

Tozer goes on to say, “One of our great woes as fallen people living in a fallen world is the constant warfare between the eternity in our hearts and the time in our bodies. This is why we can never be satisfied without God. This is why the question ‘What is God like?’ continues to spring from every one of us. God has set the values of eternity in the hearts of every person made in His image.” The emptiness of the things in this world is the emptiness of time. The fullness of the Spirit through our relationship with the God who made us in His own image is a well spring of thirst quenching water and hunger satisfying bread. Paul explains this struggle of time in our flesh and eternity in our hearts. We can break free from the chains of our temporal limitations only by focusing on the Spiritual. In 2 Corinthians 4:18-5:1, Paul writes, “For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”