God is a God of the 'NOW'.
If you are like me, most days there just does not seem to be enough 'time'. So many things to accomplish in the 14 hours or so that we're awake: Work to do, shopping to do, places to visit, family to look after - the list is endless. Would it be any different if we had a 36 hour day? or a 40 hour day? Would life become 'less' busy because we had more 'time'? Somehow I think not. We would still find things to do with our time, we would still be 'too busy'.
Although God is eternal, and is not restricted by time as we are, He has not left us alone in this world to just 'get on with it'. God has a purpose for this world, God has a purpose for you and God has a purpose for me. The psalmist wrote ' My times are in thy hand;' (Ps.31;16) This is a comfort for the Christian. To know our times are in his hands, that our heavenly Father looks after us, protects us, provides for us and much,much more.
We need to dwell on that phrase 'My times are in thy hand' - our time is in God's hands! That means God is in control. Our lives belong to God and therefore we should be concious of how we use our time, what we do what we say, where we go etc.
Ecclesiasties (3:1-11) has a long list of how time is appropriated in life: a time to be born, to die, to heal, to break down, to build up, to weep, to laugh - the list goes on. The writer in Ecclesiaties concludes in verse 11 ' he has made everything beautiful in its time'. Just think - God has made 'EVERYTHING beautiful'!
That seems so far from the world we see on our TV screens though, or the world we read about in the papers or on the internet. The world we see is a world that is broken, hurting, at war, in turmoil and distress, a world that looks far from beautiful. Could it be the case that the reason for this destruction in the world is due to the fact that so many people are living for 'Now' in a world as they see it, without a God who cares? A world of self centeredness and selfishness where they give no real thought as to where they will spend eternity?
The heart beat of anyone involved with evangelism is a heart beat for the lost, a heart beat of urgency.It is a heart that beats because God does care! The apostle Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 6 '...Behold now is the accepted time. Now is the day of salvation' (v2). The greek word used in this verse for 'time' is 'KAIROS' meaning a 'season' rather than a defined length of time. God has not left this world to it's own devices, He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross so that all who put their trust in Him could be forgiven and restored to a new life which has meaning and purpose.
This is the season we are in. This is God's 'NOW' moment. This is our 'NOW' moment. We only have the days we are alive to make a difference, to be 'redeeming the time' (Eph 5:16). We only have 'NOW', this 'SEASON', to share the gospel, to tell people about Jesus. So often we say we are waiting for God, but the truth is He is waiting for us - waiting for us to go - NOW - for 'NOW IS THE TIME!
Steve Mullins ( @drybonestrust )