Hey friends, how are you today? Really… today… how are you doing? What plans do have for today? Some days I must remind myself to live in the present. Too often, on some days I find that I have lived either in the past or the future. Some days, I long for the past, long for the days of ‘I remember when’, days when ‘this or that happened’ simple, uncomplicated days of yester-year. Other times, I long for the ‘can’t wait until’ days. On those days, I suspend time (if only time would be suspended), I merely exist on those days; those ‘waiting for this or that to happen’ days. On days like these, time is measured by the hours I’ve slept. Doing nothing because I’m waiting. Each day granted displays the beauty of God’s faithfulness to His people. How are you doing today?
Can you believe we are almost in the seventh month of the new year? As a matter of fact, 2021 can no longer be considered new. Six months have gone by, today is the 180th day of the year. Wow! There are 185 days left in this year. Almost half of the year has already been lived. Some people have gone through so much already this year. Some have lost loved ones due to terrible diseases and disasters, some are divorced, some have suffered financial loss, others have moved from one country to another, one state to another, one city to another, one home to another house. Some have decided this journey of faith isn’t all it’s cracked up to be; some said the words, others acted it out. The past seventeen months have defined most of us, if not all of us. Very few of us remained the same because of the past year, but then again, it would be a shame if it did.
If we remained the same, what would have been the point? Obviously, we all know that the Lord does, and He allows. He actively participates in the happenings of this world, or He allows the happenings of the world to take place. We see throughout scripture that everyone answers to the Almighty God. That is especially made clear in the book of Job. But this verse here puts it into perspective:
Everyone and everything is God’s creation. Does the Porter answer to the clay? Of course not! No one does anything ‘to’ you and me without first the Lord’s permission. And if He permitted it then it will accomplish what it was set out to perform.
A Christian’s besetting sin is pride, I think. As Christians we are a prideful lot, generally speaking of course. The Lord makes us look good, does He not? We are kind, we love, we give, we forgive, we show compassion and pity, we speak wisely and after a while, we think we’ve done that all by ourselves. “Look at me, I’m so much better than you”, we become the standard for others. Except we’ve forgotten we were not born this way, ‘back in the day’ our sin nature ruled. At one time, we were just as ‘bad’ as everyone else.
We all know the story of Peter’s betrayal and the truth is we’ve all been Peter at one time or another, maybe even two times or three times or another. We have been sifted or sifting is in our future. There is or will be that deciding moment; that ‘all in or not’ moment. And for most of us, like Peter, there is a prayerfully brief, ‘not’ moment. The past few months, there have been plenty of ‘not’ moments, plenty of ‘not todays’. But God…The good you see in me, isn’t me after all… (imagine that).
But Jesus was not done with Peter, and He isn’t done with us. There is hope to be found, there is grace to be found, there is joy to be found, there is beauty to be found. But God…
Look up chile, look up. Our work isn’t done. We still have work to do. 2021 isn’t over, although 2022 is in sight, today has just begun. What are your plans for today? Do they include time with the Lord? What about time with others, is this on the list? Today, instead of eyes on me and on my woes, I will think of others. I will pray for others. I will talk to others to encourage and uplift, perhaps even to admonish. Today, I will live in the moment, I will live in the present, I will accomplish what I’ve been called to do. Today I will live life, I will thank the Lord for the past and give Him tomorrow. I will seek forgiveness for the past and live in today’s grace and mercy. Today I will bask in the faithfulness of the God of the Universe.
Today, we have a choice to make, we have decisions to make. What are your plans for today? How are you doing today?