Does it seem to you that time is speeding up? It certainly seems that way to me.
When I was young, I can remember the “old folks” saying that it seemed like time was slipping away at a faster rate, and the general understanding was that as you aged, time seemed to go faster.
Someone explained it in terms of fractions… when you are ten, a year is one-tenth of your life – a substantial chunk. When you are 50, a year is a much smaller piece, relatively speaking, just one-fiftieth. So it makes sense that our perception of time would be that it is passing more quickly.
But today, even the youngsters are saying how fast time is passing.
And if you Google the phenomenon, there seems to be scientific evidence that time is speeding up. Interesting.
But what is really fascinating to me is what the Bible says about it. Recently I discovered a different perspective, and I’d like to share it with you. As you think about how it seems like you never have enough time to get things done, how it seems like you used to get more done in the same 24 hours, read this verse…
Unless those days had been cut short,
no life would have been saved;
but for the sake of the elect
those days will be cut short.
In the past, I had always thought of verses like these (and there are others that speak of the end coming quickly) just in terms of the end being closer than it was previously. And that is true. But reading them again from the perspective of time itself speeding up does make one wonder…
The great day of the Lord is near,
near and hastening fast;
As the man with the sandwich sign points out, “The end is near! Are you ready?”