II Peter 3:8. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
God is not limited by time. He does not live by clocks and calendars.
The concept of time is so ingrained in us that it is impossible to imagine existence without the boundaries of time. Our lives are recorded in time from the moment we are born until we die. We live by the clock, by schedules and plans. There’s nothing wrong with that, and a lot right with it! Imagine, wives and moms, if you prepared meals only when you felt hungry. Your poor family would never know when they could expect to eat. Imagine having no time by which you need to be at work, or going to a medical appointment with no specific time that is scheduled for you. Let your imaginations run wild, thinking about a world in which time does not exist. For us, here on earth, it would be utter chaos! No schedules for flights, or trains, or anything!
God is not bound by time, but He established order when He created the world. There are seasons; there is light and dark, day and night, weeks and months and years. He knew we would need order and organization, and He supplied that for us.
He is the timeless One. He has never not existed–another concept that goes beyond our understanding.
Some would point to today’s verse as proof that Creation did not necessarily happen in six specific days–it could have been at least 6,000 years or more. That makes no sense when compared to Genesis 1:5, which clearly states that the evening and the morning were the first day. The truth is that God didn’t need thousands of years to complete His creation. He could have done it all in a fraction of a second, but part of His plan was to create order for us, a time to work, to eat, to sleep, and to fellowship with Him.
I Corinthians 14:40 tells us to do all things decently and in order. This was spoken by Paul to the church, but application can be made to each of us in our personal routines and practices.
Part of maturity is learning to honor commitments that are made for a specific time and place. If we don’t learn this, and we are always late or absent, we are inconveniencing others as well as ourselves. God is not a God of chaos, but of order.