For example, a person may have suffered unjustly for years and finally the truth was revealed. At last, this poor individual can finally have his “day.”
On the other hand, a criminal may have gotten away with lawless deeds for some time. Finally the law catches up with the wrongdoer. At last, this bad person will have his “day.”
I’ve also seen how “some days last longer than others,” as Churchill stated. How? Have you been so busy your day seemed to fly by? On the other hand, a day spent waiting in a doctor’s office, at a courthouse, on a mechanic or lying in bed sick may seem to drag on longer than other days.
If this is true of humans, is it also true of the One whom Daniel 7:9 calls “the Ancient of Days”? Will the Almighty have His “day” and can some days appear longer than others to Him? To glimpse the Creator’s view, consider the Bible book of Genesis.
According to Genesis 1:5, when God created the Earth, “God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night.”
This is different than most people’s view of a single day. How so? First, did you notice how “Day” is divided into the hours of light only — approximately 12 hours? Even Jesus makes mention of this at John 11:9, saying, “Are there not twelve hours in the day?” Was Jesus wrong?
Modern days consist of 24 hours. Second, Genesis 1:5 continues by stating, “The evening and the morning were the first day.” If evening is around 6 p.m. and morning is around 6 a.m. these “days,” if taken literally, would be only about 12 hours, not even 24. Clearly, this is a different type of “Day” from God’s point of view and ours.
Should these creative “days” be taken literally? Some think so. Others do not. Why? When God told Adam at Genesis 2:17 in the “day” he ate from the forbidden tree he would die, this did not turn out to be literal. Adam went on to have sons and daughters, according to Genesis 5:4, his most popular sons being Cain, Abel and Seth after Adam disobeyed God.
Years later, Genesis 5:5 says, “And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.” Still, did Adam die according to God’s view of a “day”? Yes. The Bible tells us at 2 Peter 3:8, “That one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”
So Adam died literally within a symbolic 1,000 year “day,” according to God’s view, although many believe he also died spiritually on the very day he ate that forbidden fruit.
Interestingly, the Hebrew word for “day” is “yohm” and has a variety of meanings, including “a long time” or “the time covering an extraordinary event,” according to the “Old Testament Word Studies,” by William Wilson.
A perfect example is found at Genesis 2:4 where the whole universe and all the creative days on earth are mentioned as one single “day.” There it states, “in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens.”
This “day,” based on radioactive decay in rocks in the earth and the time it takes light to travel from countless stars to reach the earth, indicate billions of years could be involved. To this timeless Creator, however, it is only called “the day.” Should we be surprised? Our limited minds cannot grasp infinity, nor can it fully comprehend how this Being never had a beginning.
So to Someone whom Psalm 90:2 describes as “everlasting to everlasting,” humans’ shortsighted view of a 24-hour day may seem trite. In prophecy, for example, a day has been used to stand for a year, according to Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:6. How innovative this Almighty God is!
At 2Corinthians 6:2 Paul says “Now is the day of salvation.” That was nearly 2,000 years ago. Are we still living in this “day” of salvation where anyone can accept Christ and gain salvation? If so, will this “day” go on forever?
Acts 17:31 says God “has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.” — New King James Version. Do you imagine this to be a literal 24-hour day? Since no one knows that day or hour, or even how long that Judgment Day for billions of people will be, God’s Word tells us at 2Peter 3:12 that we should be “looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God.”
How can we “hasten” or speed up the “day” of God if it already has an appointed time? Would having plenty to do or “abounding in the work of the Lord,” as 1Corinthians 15:58 says, make it seem as if these last days are flying by?
Will keeping busy by sharing the good news of God’s kingdom and of Jesus Christ make your day go by faster? Try it and see. If we make the best use of our time by imitating Jesus, constantly preaching, praying and studying God’s Word, we can embrace Churchill’s view that “Everyone has his day” and look forward to ours. Why? Because we know that day will be richly rewarded by God.
Yes, some days do last longer than others, as Churchhill said. But in the case of true Christians, their longest days can prove to be joyful and everlasting because they reached the dawning of a whole new day — God’s glorious day!