DayBreaks for 2/05/18 – The One Who Eats His Children

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Saturn (Chronos) Devouring His Son – Goya. 1819-1823.

DayBreaks for 2/05/18: The One Who Eats His Children

From the DayBreaks archive, February 2008:

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) – There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…

John 2:4 (NLT) – How does that concern you and me?” Jesus asked. “My time has not yet come.

Matthew 26:18 (NLT) – As you go into the city,” he told them, “you will see a certain man. Tell him, `The Teacher says, My time has come, and I will eat the Passover meal with my disciples at your house.’

Time.  We often speak of it as being our most precious commodity, and although we describe it that way, we don’t often live like we believe it.

The Greek language was so incredibly rich and powerful.  Where we basically have one word for time in English, there were at least two words in the Greek that were commonly used for time.  They believed that time had two faces: one that was good and one that was evil.  Each had a name.  The word chronos (from which we get chronometer, chronicle, chronograph, etc.) was the name of a lesser Greek god, but he wasn’t a good and kindly god.  No, he was ravenous and mean.  He was pictured as a cannibal that was always eating and was never filled or satisfied.  Goya and Peter Paul Rubens both painted pictures of Chronos, wild-eyed, consuming his own children.  This is time that is bound by the clock, that runs on a tight schedule, that is a point in time as a second, minute, hour, day, week or month.  And those who are driven by time pressures are the children that Chronos devours, insatiably, unendingly.  And they’re in agony as he chews away at their flesh and sinews.  Someone shared with me today the idea that not only were living things and the physical things of the universe subjected to tyranny with the fall, but that perhaps time itself was corrupted in some way – turned into Chronos from what had been kairos in the garden.

The other Greek word for time was kairos.  This is not time as we think of it.  In fact, the Greeks would have thought of it this way: instead of asking “What time (chronos) is it?”, they would have asked “What is this time (kairos) for?”  Kairos is time that is unhurried, laden with great potential and possibilities.  It is time that is redeemed by some beautiful, glowing and uplifting purpose.  It is the kind of time that Jesus used when he said, “My time has come.”  In essence, Jesus was proclaiming: “This is the long expected and hoped for time, the very purpose for which I have come is about to be fulfilled.”  Unlike the children of Chronos, the children of kairos seek possibilities, opportunities, wonder in the moment in which their lives are enveloped.

God lets us choose the kind of time we will follow.  We can be driven and consumed by the incessant ticking of the clock on the wall, or we can live in the present moment as the gift of God that it is and search out all the meaning and purpose we can find, for there will never be a shortage of purpose in the lives of believers.

PRAYER: Thank you, Lord, for the time of our lives!  Thank you that we can not be driven and devoured by time, but that we can relish it and trust You in the middle of the turning seasons to give our moments beauty and meaning.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2018 by Galen C. Dalrymple. All rights reserved.

DayBreaks for 06/27/11 – Changing Time Zones

DayBreaks for 06/27/11 – Changing Time Zones

NOTE: Galen is on Sabbatical until 7/11.  Until he returns, DayBreaks will be publishing prior devotions (that is, if Galen has access to the Internet!)  Thanks for your understanding!

Chronos and Kairos - Time Defined

Do you remember the old song by Jim Croce titled “Time in a Bottle”?  The lyrics described things he would do if he could control or bottle time.  Ever since Adam walked the earth, I would imagine that humans have been aware of the passing of time.  At some point in our lives, we become keenly aware of it and how it moves inexorably ahead.

Mythologically, Chronos (time) was the name of a short Greek god whose legs were muscular and whose heels were winged.  He moved fast.  He was bald and slick at the back of his head, but had lots of hair in the front.  The implication was that if you could grab him as he came toward you, you could take hold of him and make him respond to your wish.  But if you waited till he was past you, it was too late, for he was smooth-headed in the back and could not be grabbed once he had passed.

As I can testify, time moves rapidly!  I remember when one of my cousins, Denny, was 21 years old.  I thought he was soooo old.  In only a very few more years, my youngest will be 21.  Where has the time gone?  I remember when I was younger.  I had energy, I loved to get out and play sports, I could run forever and not get tired.  It seems like only yesterday.  But something happened between yesterday and today.  Now I’d rather watch sports than play them.  Now I can get a bit winded walking up a really long flight of stairs.  Sure, some exercise would help, but the youthful desire to go out and run and play has gone somewhere and I’ve not been able to find it.

Time is like oil – it is not a renewable resource.  It is finite and inexorable.  It moves at the same rate for everyone.

On my travels, I frequently pass through various time zones.  Depending on how far I travel on a given day, it can be very hard to adjust to different time zones.  God wants us to change time zones.  On the one hand, we sometimes act as if we will have this earthly life forever.  We put off the things that we shouldn’t put off because we think there will always be time for them later.  On the other hand, God wants us to not live with our eyes focused on the clock, but on eternity, where clocks are meaningless.  When we do that, our perspective changes and we aren’t as likely to make short term decisions that mortgage our eternal futures.

We probably tend to be stuck in one time zone or another.  Are you stuck living for today?  Perhaps you need to change your time zone!

Colossians 4:5 – “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.

Copyright 2001 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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