Right now is all I have.
I was reading in Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost for Hist Highest” this morning. Today’s meditation is titled “After Obedience — What.” Without repeating it word-for-word here, the gist of the devotion was that God’s purpose for our lives is the present. It is never the future or what we like to call “the end game.” We say things like, “when I finally get to, then I will be who God intended me to be, or doing what God intended for me.” (For more on this, check out this excellent blog by my daughter, Hannah.) With God, the “end game” is to be with Him in eternity worshiping Him forever. He doesn’t have an end game for us in this world; He only has a now game. While God’s perspective is eternal, our perspective is this present moment. God sees all of time in an instance (a day is as 1,000 years and 1,000 years a day):
2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
This was not an original thought from Peter. He was merely echoing scripture. Check out Psalm 90:
Psalms 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.
The point is this: God sees our earthly existence in its entirety. He is present for all of it, every second, even the seconds we would choose to wipe out if we had a time eraser. Even though our entire life is wrapped in His present (and presence), He understands that our perspective is linear. We can remember the past and hope for the future, but the only thing we can act in is now. He doesn’t want our yesterday or our tomorrow, He wants all of our now.
Years ago, while living in Kentucky, I sang in a Gospel quartet (the Disciples Quartet). The leader of that quartet was C. Roger Lewis, one of the most genuine people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Roger’s was, above all, a Christian, but he was also a husband, a father, a friend, a brother, a musician, an auctioneer, a real estate agent, an insurance agent, a farmer, an entrepreneur, a fish fry connoisseur, and much more. When the quartet would sing at revival meetings or camp meetings, Roger would always give his testimony (he would give his testimony everywhere, really). His testimony song was “One Day at a Time.” Invariably, during his testimony he would tell about how his daddy always told him, “Roger, yesterday is like a cancelled check, tomorrow is like a promissory note, but today is like ready cash; you betterto spend it the best way you can.”
That is really all we have, or will ever have. Right now is all I have. I need to live THIS moment “as unto the Lord.” He calls me to obedience right now, not tomorrow, or the day after, or whenever I think I will be ready or prepared. He desires my obedience in this moment.
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Lord, I want to cast away ALL my cares and worries for tomorrow and live this day, this moment in obedience to Your call on my life to bring glory and honor to You and Your name.