In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer. ~Isaiah 54:8
A moment refers to a brief period of time. Sometimes, it might mean a second, a minute, or a brief span. We might tell someone who is ready to give us a ride somewhere, “Give me just a moment.” In a general sense, it means a time period that is momentary: it is not very long, and in some cases, at lightning speed. With God, time is just a moment. "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Let us see the significance of a moment from God’s standpoint.
We see the anger.
“For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). God’s anger is a righteous indignation. It is righteous disfavor with our sin, disobedience, and rebellion. God must deal with His erring children through chastisement. However, David said that His anger endures for but a moment. God said in Isaiah 54:8 that He hid His face for a moment. What might feel like a long and protracted process is just a moment. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." Let us remember that in terms of time, God’s chastening hand is only for a moment.
We see the affliction.
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4:17). Our light affliction refers to the burdens, trials, and suffering in this life. Sorrow makes us heavy. Rejection makes us sad. Difficulties make us weak and exhausted. Paul refers to all of these challenges as “light affliction” that is only for a moment. They are God’s gift at work in us to produce maturity, patience, and Christlikeness. We feel like they are long, but trials are only for a moment.
We see the afterlife.
“They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave” (Job 21:13). Our life is like a handbreadth. We spend our days as a tale that is told. Life is like a vapor that is here one moment and gone the next. Life is just a moment of time. We are here, and then comes the afterlife. "It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." First, if you are not saved, don’t delay placing your trust in Jesus for your salvation. "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." Second, for God’s people, now is high time to awake and walk as children of the day. Life is just a moment of time.
We see the alteration.
“In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52). When Jesus comes for us at the Rapture, both the dead in Christ and we which are alive and remain shall be changed. Our change will be the glorification of our bodies. "This corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." His coming and our alteration will occur in a moment. In fact, it will be at the speed of a twinkling of an eye. It will be in a fraction of a second. It will happen faster than the blink of an eye. When we consider a moment, it is a brief period of time. Let us redeem the time, for the days are evil. Let us number our days and apply our hearts unto wisdom.
Have a timely God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Numbers 26-27