by Ken Trivette

Ken D. Trivette
Genesis 16

1. If I were to ask you what time it is, I'm sure that I would get a number of

2. Have you ever wondered how we know the exact time and who
determines what the exact time is? Coordinated Universal time is based on
a second called the "SI" second. The SI second, as defined in the
International Systems of Units is based on a number of transitions, or
vibrations, in a particular kind of cesium atom. These transitions
(vibrations) produce extremely regular waves of electromagnetic radiation
that can be counted to produce a highly accurate scale. This is called
Atomic time and the clock used is called the cesium-beam clock. Many of
the world's nations maintain these cesium clocks. The times kept by the
clocks is averaged together to produce what is called TM (international
atomic time). Time signals from the world's national-standards laboratories
are broadcast around the globe by short-wave radio broadcasts or by
artificial satellites. The National Institute of Standards and Technology in
the United States have broadcast stations just north of Fort Collins,
Colorado and from the island of Kauai, Hawaii. These atomic clocks have
an accuracy of better than one second in six million years.

3. In the story before us, we find Abraham learning how to set the watch of
life. He had to painfully learn that the watch of life is not set by Atomic time
but by Almighty time.

4. We learn from this chapter in Abraham's life, that our time may be
different from God's time. We are reminded of how we often live by our own
timetable and not God's timetable. The story before us reminds us that we
must set our watches by God's clock and not our clock.

5. If our watches are not set by God's clock we will find ourselves either
running behind God or ahead of God. In Abraham's case, we find him
running ahead of God. He looked at his clock and said, "I have to ...

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