When and how do we know to move from the time of rest to the time of action? I posed this question in my previous post.
And then today, I read Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s morning devotion which would seem to indicate we are called to action NOW… not some time down the road in the future.
Do it promptly; do not fritter away your life in thinking of what you intend to do to-morrow as if that could recompense for the idleness of to-day.
So, if it’s now, how does that truly play out in actual life? We (and by saying ‘we’, I suppose I’m referring to most, if not all, humans) are consumed with ourselves. We think we have got to have the latest, greatest. Or, we think that just because there’s a sale on something, then we ought to get it … in case it would be of some use ‘down the road.’ But, what about now? We’re really only given “right now.” We aren’t promised the future. Look at the recent tragedy in Chattanooga. The six children (ages 6 to 10) do not have a future here on earth. Neither they nor their family ever expected that their lives here on earth would be cut so short. So, how do we “redeem the time”?
I certainly don’t claim to have the answers. However, I believe the Bible holds THE answer, which is Jesus Christ. That is so simplistic, and yet that is somewhat the point. The gospel… that Jesus died on the cross to save us from our sin… IS very simple. So simple, that many do not accept it.
We (myself included) must learn to trust … no matter what. Also, we must continue on the road in front of us and not grow weary. (See Proverbs 3:5-6, Hebrews 12:1-2, Galatians 6:9-10, Philippians 3:13-14, Isaiah 40:31.)