A man (or woman) who had taken control of his (or her) life away from his (or her) spirit—and so had walked away from God—only sees time as being in control of everything in the world, because he (or she) had seared his (or her) spirit, and now believes that the control of his (or her) life is in his (or her) hands!
But a godly man (or woman) is led by his (or her) spirit; and works with both time and his (or her) spirit—with his (or her) spirit leading the way, and overriding time whenever necessary, because his (or her) spirit is anchored to Jesus Christ, who is the Lord, even of time, and so directs the man's (or woman's) ways for him (or her)!
Time rules everything. But at Grace’s choosing, Grace takes over and time moves over, since Grace (God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit) is the Lord, even of time!
The Bible passage, Proverbs 29:1 NIV: “Whoever remains stiff-necked after many rebukes will suddenly be destroyed—without remedy,” has time (which is run by Grace) to worry about. Because everything on the earth and in the universe had been programed by God to run off of time in automation, that God does not have to do anything extra to bring things to their fulfillment!