Now

If the truth be told, I need deadlines because I’m too proficient with procrastination. So while I don’t like the feelings associated with the word, “now” I value the associated urgency that helps me to get stuff done. There’s also a challenge to the word “now”, when there’s an anticipation of an upcoming event or deadline. These thoughts are related to the timing of stuff – in the future or immediacy of the present.
When we walk with the Holy Spirit, let’s stay flexible in our thoughts about timelines, what needs to be accomplished today & stuff that’s upcoming. Remember that the Holy Spirit is present in every “now.”

a tip to help with stress

Greetings!  This is just a quickie thought that could possibly help you during those seasons that seem insanely busy.  Last night, I took a walk after dinner & was talking with God about the sermon that I’m giving tonight.  I was hoping that on my walk God would give me some direction for tonight’s topic because I was feeling that this preparation was getting ENTIRELY TOO LATE!!!!!!  Despite my recurring requests, I didn’t feel that God was giving me any direction for tonight’s topic and at the end of the walk, I let Him know that I was disappointed in His “poor performance”.  To my frustration, I felt He replied with 2 answers:

  • in my conversations with God (some people call this prayer), I don’t always get to control the agenda or topic for discussion.  Indeed, when God seems to not be answering a question or a request, I need to consider that He has a different purpose or agenda for the time that we are sharing
  • the timing for God’s answers is in His hands and I can rest assured that God is never late – this has certainly been confirmed to me this morning since the preparation for tonight seemed to be compressed into possibly the most efficient sermon prep time I’ve ever experienced

My take-aways:  God is sovereign and sufficient 🙂

God’s Timing

 I was reading a few days about in Exodus about God’s instructions to Moses for the Passover.  What stood out to me was how God was very clear that this meal was to be eaten quickly and in a state of readiness.  They were supposed to have their traveling clothes on, bags packed, the bread was unleavened (so no rising time was necessary), all with the intent of getting out of Egypt quickly.  Indeed, the very purpose of the meal was to give them fuel for their journey.

This was interesting to me because I tend to like to linger and chat over meals.  I like that a meal can be a means through which relationships can deepen.  But in the case of the Passover meal, it wasn’t for relationship purposes.  There are times that God wants us to get moving, stop stalling & quit lingering.  Some seasons are for relationship development and some seasons are for moving forward.  Many times, we don’t know beyond one step at a time, what God has down the road.  But we must be careful to be obedient to the next step. 🙂

God is a Great Provider

I really like the story about Abraham being obedient to God to sacrifice Isaac in Gen 23.  I like it for lots of different reasons:  it shows what determined obedience looks like, it shows me Abraham’s heart, it shows me some of God’s methods, among many other things.  The culmination of the story is when Abraham is about ready to slay his son & God stops him & shows him the ram in the thicket – perfect provision in the nick of time.  Which brings me to some thoughts related to our daily living. 

There’s a difference between want, need & imminent need.  Unfornately, we often get the definitions of want & need mixed up.  Thankfully, God helps to clarify that difference from time to time 🙂 We all have needs & ultimately we need to see God as the answer to those needs.  But here’s something to consider:  a regular need is different than an imminent need.  Abraham needed a ram to sacrifice instead of his son, from the minute he set out to obey God. The further he continued on the obedience path, the greater the need for a ram became.  Nevertheless, he was committed to obey God even to the point of believing God could raise Isaac from the dead.  But Abraham’s need became critical & imminent when he had tied up Isaac & was ready to plunge a knife into him.  That is the moment when God gave Abraham the provision that he needed. 

Here’s my point:  we can not only trust God to be the provision for our needs but we can also trust in His timing.  If He’s not providing something that we feel we need at this moment, the possibility exists that He thinks we don’t need that provision at this moment.  And if this is true, then we can trust Him to provide what we need, when we really need it.  Trust would be an operative word 🙂