We’re certainly living in a unique season. It’s tempting to want to look back to the way things used to be or to ponder what the future holds. While there is some value to considering the past and the future, we should never forget that our most important time is right now.
The Bible has a lot to say about “now.” The apostle Paul declared, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2, NKJV). The writer of Hebrews proclaimed, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
The prophet Isaiah made an interesting point about the city of Jerusalem when he lamented, “Once so faithful, … once the home of justice and righteousness, she is now filled with murderers” (Isaiah 1:21, NLT). Even though Jerusalem used to be a righteous city, what really mattered is that at that moment, it was evil.
However, he also acknowledged that the same principle would remain in reverse. “’Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the LORD, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18, NKJV). You see, what really matters to God is not what you did in your past, good or bad. What really matters to Him is what you’re doing right now.
Think about a baseball player who comes to bat with the game on the line in the bottom of the ninth inning. At that moment, it doesn’t really matter if he hit a home run in the first inning or struck out in the fifth inning. What really matters is what he’s about to do with the next pitch. We need to approach life like that baseball player. We should not rest on our laurels or dwell on our mistakes; we have to be ready for the opportunity in front of us right now.
God has placed you on the earth for right now. In the realm of history, He chose to set you in this season for this opportunity. Let’s make the most of it!
There’s an account in the Old Testament about a young Jewish woman named Esther who was made queen of the land of Persia. When she faced the important task of saving her people from an evil scheme to kill them, her cousin encouraged her by helping her to realize she had “come to the kingdom for such a time as this” (Esther 4:14). I believe the same truth could be said about you and me. We have been called by God for such a time as this.
We should always look for the opportunities in front of us right now. It’s tempting to procrastinate on the plans God has placed in our heart, but we’re at our best when we’re actively taking steps of faith with the vision He has given us. We’ve learned during this pandemic that circumstances can change very quickly, so we must make the most of the opportunities we have while we have them.
So, what is stirring in your heart right now? What people has the Lord placed around you right now? What opportunities do you have before you right now? You may not know exactly what the future holds, but do what you know to do right now and trust God to keep leading you in every step of the way.