“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail” (Hebrew 1:10-12).
Although God’s years ‘will not fail,’ everything around us is changing. Hours, minutes, and seconds tick away. Each stroke of the clock brings us closer to the one thing many of us fear more than anything – death. Knowing our earthly days are numbered can be distressing. Sometimes loneliness and loss can consume us and we feel like David might have when he cried out to God in The Book of Psalms: “For my days are consumed like smoke” (102:3); “My heart is stricken and withered like grass…” (V4).
In this life, it seems that so often time works against us and it seems there’s never enough of it. But we’re told in the above scripture that the heavens and the earth as we know them now will “grow old like a garment,” and “like a cloak” God will “fold them up.”
However, what’s so amazing about this passage it that it also says “And they will be changed.” Revelation 21:2-4 reveals just how incredible that transformation will be:
“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
There’s a new everything on the way! Not only will the “old order of things” change, but we will be changed too!
“…in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).
Time itself is transformed as we will never grow old or run out of time. This is one of the key messages of hope in the Bible. The complete renewal and permanent transformation of everything, including time… for all of eternity.
It means we will never be ‘on the clock’ again!