The Discipline of Living in the Moment
“And David said in his heart,
I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul…”
1 Samuel 27:1
In the life of every child of God there are moments when our hope grows dim. In the clutches of our circumstances the purposes of God seem to dissolve into the relentless whispers of the enemy who ever seeks to turn our eyes from our glorious Redeemer. The long road of sorrow stretches before us and friends and loved ones cannot touch the depths of our distress. We hear the voices of discouragement speaking:
“There is no help for him in God. Selah.”
It is in these times that God lifts our eyes unto Him. He draws near and reminds us to “take no thought for tomorrow”. The clouds of hopelessness are eviscerated in our living and doing of today. It is in the moment, in the opportunities at hand, that we are enabled to live free from tomorrow’s woes.
This is God’s Name to us. In our trust of the “I AM” we can have confidence that the “I AM” of this moment will be the “I AM” of tomorrow. We cannot know what provisions will come our way or know the warmth of His embrace for our tomorrows. He gives grace for the moment, and it is in this moment we can share His goodness with others.
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for THOU art with me…”
His presence keeps us in the moment. The enemy seeks to destroy our joy and our strength with a bleak prognosis of the future. Jesus was ever in the moment. His vision and His purposes were set on glorifying the Father. The shadow of the Cross was ever before Him, yet His vision was fixed on the doing of the Will of His Father today!
“Nevertheless I must walk to day,
and to morrow, and the day following…”
There is a discipline that prevents us from giving in to hopelessness; a perspective that enables us to overcome the strategies of the enemy that would cloud our future.
“Let this mind be in you,
which was also in Christ Jesus…”
The TODAY of God keeps our focus on the doing of His Will in the moment and frees us from all of tomorrow’s concerns.
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow:
for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself…”
The Discipline of Living in the Moment provides us with the enablement to live in the moment and to serve God without distraction.
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“If you were aware of how precious today is, you could hardly live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all.”
– Frederick Buechner