Ticking Towards Eternity (Shepherd’s Echo)

[The Shepherd’s Echo is a reposting of a previously published TheShepherdsPen].

Many people may not remember the old TV commercial about the Timex watch that was tied to a boat or car tire and taken for a ride after which a spokesperson would pronounce, “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” It was amazing. Still more amazing is the universes’ oldest chronograph – the Earth. Genesis tells us that the earth was the first planetary orb created. It was around before the sun. Time was being measured in days before the Sun helped us out.

God created the entire universe to attest to His glory. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork” – Psalm 19:1. What is interesting to contemplate is that time was not existent until God created it for the benefit of mankind. God is eternal, both in the past and the future. He had no need of time. On the fourth day, God created the sun, and the ultimate ‘timepiece’ was created. The earth rotated each day, clicking off the universal “minutes.” The Earth revolved around the sun clicking off the universal “hours.” And, as they say, it has never been the same. Continue reading “Ticking Towards Eternity (Shepherd’s Echo)”

Simple Faith

When we think of the great hymns of the faith, our minds likely go to such songs as “A Mighty Fortress is Our God”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, and “Amazing Grace”. As pillars of truth, bearing amazing depths of theology, they stand high on the hill of hymnody.

However, no less noble are the Sunday School songs upon which we were raised. Deeply imbedded in these songs are profound levels of theology that bear witness to Scripture. As they are faithful to accurately communicate that, they are backed by the full authority of God’s breathed Word. Yet, still, in their simplicity they are not passive, rather they call to us to exhibit the truth of God. Continue reading “Simple Faith”

Get in the Boat

While channel surfing recently, I happened upon “Titanic.” I have seen it before and wasn’t much of a fan, but the effects are so great I stayed with it, and before long I was into it. There is an incredible scene that takes place right before the boat is about to take its death plunge to the bottom of the ocean. People are scrambling here and there, conniving ways that they can get off of the ship and to safety. People are trying to lower the lifeboats. Mayhem is occurring all around. At one point a girl makes her way to a lifeboat and is debating whether or not to get inside. She cannot decide as the lure of being with her true love is keeping her on the ship. She has one foot in the boat and then pulls back. Her mother who is already in the lifeboat cries, “Get in the boat!”

I quickly saw the parallel here to our lives on Earth and to eternity. The Titanic, as you recall, had deep lines of class, race, position, and wealth all woven into the storyline. But the ensuing struggle for survival had a way of leveling the playing field. When the ship is going down there is no class, no gender, no nationality, no race. It is every person for himself. No amount of money was going to buy anybody out of the fate of a watery grave. Only if you were fortunate enough to find your way on to a lifeboat would you be saved. Continue reading “Get in the Boat”

Ticking Toward Eternity

Many people may not remember the old TV commercial about the Timex watch that was tied to a boat or car tire and taken for a ride after which a spokesperson would pronounce, “It takes a licking and keeps on ticking.” It was amazing. Still more amazing is the universes’ oldest chronograph – the Earth. Genesis tells us that the earth was the first planetary orb created. It was around before the sun. Time was being measured in days before the Sun helped us out.

God created the entire universe to attest to His glory. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork” – Psalm 19:1. What is interesting to contemplate is that time was not existent until God created it for the benefit of mankind. God is eternal, both in the past and the future. He had no need of time. On the fourth day, God created the sun, and the ultimate ‘timepiece’ was created. The earth rotated each day, clicking off the universal “minutes.” The Earth revolved around the sun clicking off the universal “hours.” And, as they say, it has never been the same. Continue reading “Ticking Toward Eternity”