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4/28/15 at 09:11 PM 0 Comments

The Biological Clock

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The word biological would suggest to me that there is a logic in nature that, like a clock, has a rhythm and a pace that is regular and timely. If that is so then how is life meant to be lived? Are we to live like a clock, watching every minute or second that ticks? Are we to regard ourselves as machines, that like a clock, keep ticking over irrespective of how we live? No but like a clock that has a maker who regulates it and sets the time, so we have a Maker who has made our biological clock to correspond with the sun and planetary clock but more importantly to mind and spirit.

We are not machines. Nor is the biological clock a machine. The biological clock is not regulated or set like a timepiece but has a psychosomatic nature. It cannot be separated from the mind for it is a mind related substance. The proof of that is something you can test for yourself at any time and be fully convinced that the body is not a machine.

If you know what a thing is then you also know what a thing isn’t. This is just as true of the biological clock as it is of a timepiece. Both have things in common but they are very different from each other. A timepiece has no emotions, no thoughts and no will to determine its own time or being. Not so the biological clock. Check this out for yourself. When you feel embarrassed do you not blush? What is blushing but the dilation of tiny blood capillaries in your skin that respond to the feeling of embarrassment. When you are afraid does not your heart beat faster? Check it out and you will see that it does. Have you ever had a lump in your throat or a headache? Every cell of your body is responsive to your mind automatically through what is called the autonomic nervous system. Through the autonomic nervous system your thoughts and emotions can actually produce biological and psychological disorders.

The mind or psyche can also be disturbed by the biological clock. When, for instance, the biological clock is unrelated to the chronological clock, as in travelling from one time zone to another, the mind is disturbed by ‘jet lag’, and by insomnia when we can’t go to sleep. In this life the mind and the way we live directly affects what we look like, how healthy we are and how discordant or anxious we become.


Speed and the clock are enemies of life when they take over how we live and what we live for. If life is one long rush to do this or do that, to come here or go there, to beat the clock by dashing or driving, life approaches madness which is another word for mental disorder. If you want life to be one long crescendo or climax, ever seeking the peaks of excitement and enjoyment, mind and spirit will be like a taught violin string, ready to utter a high pitched piercing scream which neither the biological clock nor the soul can control. A ghost train pounding the rails through the night and uttering its whistle is less exclamatory and certainly more substantial. The trouble with screaming and clanging is the emptiness of it, the utter pointlessness of it all. Life is meant to be lived as the Maker intended it to be lived, not by the clock but by the Spirit of Truth. Just as there is a correspondence between the biological clock and tick-tok time so there is a correspondence between the mind clock and the Maker’s clock. Solomon said, ‘To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.’ [Ecclesiastes 3:1] The fact is there is plenty of time for purposeful living. God has made time to be enjoyed and thought about, to be applied for purposeful living and purposeful things. Jesus said, ‘I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.’ [John 10:10] God wants us to have life and much more than a biological one.

Do you recall the story of Martha and Mary, two dear friends of Jesus? Martha eager to prepare a repast and please her guests was frustrated by the amount of work to do and said, ‘Sir, doesn't it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.’ Jesus replied, ‘Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’ [Luke 10:40-41 TLB &KJV] It is all a question of choice how we spend our time. Mary had chosen to sit and listen to Jesus. She obviously did not think it necessary to prepare a banquet for the guests. Jesus said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’ [KJV Matthew 4:4] There is time for every good purpose. There is time to read God’s Word. It may mean less time to read the newspaper or the latest magazine or a TV program but God’s Word is what Jesus called the bread of life. We need that bread if we are to feed our souls. There is time for prayer each day. We need to pray and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, examine our hearts and think about our journey with God. As the hymn writer said, ‘So that no part of day or night from sacredness be free; but all our life in every step be fellowship with thee. {Horatius Bonar 1808-89} There is time to spend with our children, to play and enjoy their company. There is time for husbands to spend time with their wives and for wives to spend time with their husbands. It is all a matter of choice and priorities. There is time for our biological needs, especially time for rest and sleep. There is time for the Sabbath in which we can recuperate and restore lost energy and play. The New Testament record says that the Christian life was referred to as The Way, not that place or that name, but a way of life recognised to be different than the way of the world.

Think about it. There is a time for every purpose under heaven.


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