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In a recent Turning Point daily devotional, David Jeremiah shares this: “For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past, and like a watch in the night. (Psalm 90:4)

When it came to keeping time, the Romans divided the night into four “watches”—four periods of three hours from sunset to sunrise. This was in contrast to the Jewish standard of measuring the night by three watches of four hours each. But whether measuring by Jewish or Roman standards, a watch in the night was very short — a matter of a few hours.

In Psalm 90, Moses meditated on time and eternity — man’s time compared to God’s eternity — and said that in God’s sight a thousand years is like yesterday, a brief “watch in the night.” We think a thousand years is a terrifically long period of time, and to us, it is! But to God a thousand years is as brief as a few hours, a watch in the night. Why is that true? Because God is “the eternal God” (Deuteronomy 33:27). He is not measured by time as we are.

God sees all of time as one event. He knows your tomorrows as well as you know your today’s and yesterdays. Therefore, you can trust Him with what tomorrow will bring.”