Is it time to change?

Published 12:25 am Tuesday, November 4, 2014

“Spring forward, Fall back.” This phrase reminds us how to set our clocks for Daylight Saving Time.

The second Sunday of March, we roll our clocks ahead one hour and the first Sunday of November we roll them back one hour.

It’s actually called Daylight Saving Time, not Daylight Savings Time, because we are saving daylight (singular, not plural). Congress enacted this legislation in 1966, amending it in 2007 to the present schedule.

Worldwide, approximately 70 countries utilize Daylight Saving Time. Japan is the only industrialized country that has never introduced it.

(Click on to find out which countries around the world change their clocks.)

Daylight Saving Time does save energy because we use less electricity.

A Department of Energy study in 2008 found it saves about 0.5 percent of the nation’s electricity per day, or 1.3 trillion watt-hours in total. That amount could power 100,000 households for a year.

Surveys show 70 percent of Americans rise before 7 a.m. during the workweek. Since the sun is up, we use fewer lights in our homes.

Benjamin Franklin, known for his sayings such as “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,” was the first to think of the idea in 1784. England and Germany were among the first countries to change the time around 1916. During World War I and World War II, the U.S. observed Daylight Saving Time to conserve energy for the war effort.

Thomas Edison once said, “Time is not a commodity that can be stored for future use. It must be invested hour by hour, or else it’s gone forever.” Of course, time doesn’t change; the way we keep time does.

But, did you know the Bible records two events when time changed? When King Hezekiah was near death, he prayed and God added 15 years to his life. Read Isaiah 38.

As a sign of his healing, God told Hezekiah the shadow on the sundial would go backward 10 degrees. Some scholars think it could have been from 15 minutes to half an hour.

Joshua 10:7-14 tells about the time when the Amorites came to do battle against Israel. So their leader, Joshua, prayed and the sun stood still until Israel’s enemy was defeated. The sun did not go down about a whole day. “And there was no day like that before or after it” (verse 14).

The Bible also says that one day, time shall be no more. We will each stand before God and give an answer for the way we spent our lifetimes. On that day, our time will be up and there will be no changing our eternal destination.

Benjamin Franklin warned, “Do not squander time, for it is the stuff of which life is made.” Let’s use our time wisely. As Jesus said, “Let us do the work God has called us to do while it is day” (John 9:7). No one knows the day or hour the Lord will come again.