Daylight shifting or Daylight Saving Time (DST) is just around the corner. On Sunday, March 13, 2011, we will move our clocks forward, giving an extra hour of daylight from morning to evening. Billions of people around the world will move their clocks forward believing they are following an idea conceived by Benjamin Franklin. As always, worldly acts have biblical origins.
Prior to 1918 when daylight saving time was first implemented, God not only gave Joshua an extra hour, but a full day. The bible tells the story of five Amorite kings attacking the Gibeonites who had a treaty with Joshua and the Israelites. Therefore the Gibeonites sent word to Joshua who was camping at Gilgal saying, “Come up to us quickly and save us. Help us, because all the Amorite Kings from the hill country have joined forces against us.” As Joshua went up to help the Gibeonites, the Lord God spoke to Joshua saying, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.”
Joshua and the Israelites attacked the Amorites and defeated them with a great victory. As they fled before Israel the Lord God hurled large hailstones from the sky and killed more Amorite warriors than by the swords of the Israelite soldiers. “On the day the Lord gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the Lord in the presence of Israel: O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon. So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies. On this day the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the Lord God listened to a man. Surely the Lord was fighting for Israel! Then Joshua returned with all Israel to the camp at Gilgal.” (Joshua 10:5-15)
So when you move your clocks forward at 2:00 am on Sunday, March 13, 2011, as a human gesture for Daylight Saving Time, remember Joshua and the Israelites. Most of all remember that it is God who truly controls the day and the light. It is written in Daniel 2:21, “he changeth the times and seasons.” “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
When we as humans move the hands on the clock forward or back, it is an illusion of changing time and saving daylight. Time was set at the foundation of the world and it will not change. Genesis 1:3, 5 tells us God said, “Let there be light, and there was light. God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”
Although we as humans desire to have more daylight in the spring and summer months; we must utilize the time and light that we have to its maximum. Jesus explained this to the disciples in the book of John. Jesus asked the disciples,” are there not twelve hours in a day? “(John 11:9) “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. “(John 9:4)
Also, on Sunday, March 13, 2011, when you move the hands on your clock forward, ask yourself this question. How much time do I really have? Regardless of the answer you think you may have to this question, know this. It takes less than one minute to repent of your sin and be saved. Less than sixty seconds. Don’t wait for daylight saving time, it might not come, repent now and be saved. Amen.