No one lives beyond a day! Try as we may, we cannot quite get to the end of the day. The morning arrived and brought with it, life; new fresh and blooming – perfection personified. But in the day that the eyes of man were opened, time started on mankind, bringing with it new parameters which prevented us from ever getting through the day. In fact, we barely get through a fraction of the day. No, not one of our days; one of God’s days. In the day that Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, he died, yet he was nine hundred and thirty years old (Genesis 5:3-5); so I am not talking about one of our days, but one of God’s days. And don’t let anyone tell you that this difference between God’s time and man’s time is not literal, or that it is symbolic or simply poetic language. It is a fact, one of God’s days is literally a thousand of our years.
Understanding our journey starts with understanding the parameters by which we must live. If we are to get through the fraction of the day allotted to us we must begin to understand and manage our expectations and not to get ahead of ourselves. When we begin to understand our journey in Christ and how God works, then that day’s journey becomes a little easier.
Every day – our day, is the beginning of the rest of our life. The end of one day makes way for the next. And with every new day, life and hope brings us closer to fulfilment of destiny… in Christ. We are continuously journeying through life. But journeying is much more than many perceive it to be. Whilst it does not have to be a physical journey it is always a spiritual one and fulfilment of destiny will involve one, the other or both types. Whether we know or understand this, every journey is spiritually driven. For the human spirit seeks fulfilment, and for this reason it continues to search throughout its life. The twenty-four hour cycles in our reality allows us to sleep, eat and replenish our body, spirit and minds to enable us to get through the day, but it is all the same day!
Our desire to travel and discover the world, giving meaning to our lives is an innate characteristic hardcoded into us from the beginning of time. Adam, the first discoverer, travelled the world in its infancy first by himself, then with Eve his wife. They journeyed together taking care of the Earth and populating it. Fulfilling their destiny along the way.
Abraham journeyed with Sarah his wife and Lot his nephew from his country Haran to the land of Canaan to receive God’s promise in his life and fulfil his destiny. His spiritual journey required him to engage in physical travel.
Moses journey with God at his side, ahead of the children of Israel leading them out of Egypt and a life of slavery. The Apostles journeyed across the modern world spreading the gospel of Christ, fulfilling their destiny in Him.
You may not be leaving home and country; you may be living a fairly settled life, but your spiritual journey is still taking place. Queen Esther’s journey of strength and boldness; exercising her absolute faith in God and willingness to sacrifice herself, saved the Jewish people; yet she never left the palace to do it. In fact, the fulfilment of her destiny took her on a three-day journey of fasting and prayer to seek God’s protection and strength.
Regardless of how long you live, how much you achieve, whether you fulfil your destiny or not, you cannot live beyond a day. And here’s how we know this: “Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like one day.” [2 Peter 3:8 AMP]. Read more on this topic in, The Best Journey Ever: A Simple Guide Through Christianity, due for publication March 2021. So, if one of God’s days is the equivalent of a thousand of our years, then some rough calculations make one of God’s hours approximately 41.66 of our years. Mind blowing, I know!
Genesis 6:3 God tells us that “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” And as there is no one currently alive, that we know of, who is older than one hundred and twenty years, it would be fair to surmise that man will never again live beyond this age. But it’s not all doom and gloom, we have been allotted approximately three of God’s hours in which to fulfil our destiny.
The journey is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, sadness and joys; you will journey with others for a time and sometimes you will be journeying on your own, but you are never truly alone because God is always with you.
A Day’s Journey focuses on a series of writings charting the journeys of some amazing people of God, both from scripture and real life. Some journeyed into the twilight hours, others to the mid-day hours, whilst our journey does not go beyond the morning hours. But what we do within our day matters. If you’d like to share your journey and inspire others – message me at firstname.lastname@example.org