Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Seize the Day

UV 572/10,000 Hebrews 4 v 7 The Significance of Today Hebrews 4 v 7 “ Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later He spoke through David, as was said before: “ Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts.” God has set a certain day to select us. We do not just survive but win and live forever not by the natural selection of Darwin but by the supernatural selection of the Almighty, All knowing, Beloved God. He chooses the time and opportunity to speak to us. He knows the time when the Word will come to touch our lives and change our destiny. As the adverstisement for Swiss Air puts it, “ The journey is as important as the destination.” Our sojourn on earth is as important as our entry into Heaven. Every moment of our pilgrimage on earth, we must tune our ears to hear the Lord and prime our hearts and minds to obey. Every human being whom God has chosen will hear His voice on a certain day at a certain time. But, we must never say, “ Today is not the day for God.” As the Greek expression goes, “ Carpe le Diem” or seize the day. We need to seize the day for God. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the hour of salvation. We cannot put it off. We should not become insensitive and tell the Lord, “ Not now, I am busy,” or “ I got unfinished business” or “ I will get back to You.” The present moment as we hear His voice, we must respond with faith. The Word needs to mix with a faithful response from us even as concrete needs water to be poured on it for several days in order to “ cure” it. We need to be cured or healed or strengthened from within as we keep listening to the voice of the Lord. Then as now, God uses multimedia, long before it came into existence as computer software, to communicate to us and with us. We must not indulge in spiritual procrastination by saying that we will draw close to the Lord when we are older and freer. Every moment is vital. The Israelites lost it during their journey the moment they thought Moses would not return from the mountain. They provoked God to anger with their hardness of heart. Their rebellion deepened as they would not even recognize the voice of the Messiah. In contrast, we must humble ourselves, repent and be reverent the moment we hear the voice of God. Every moment thereafter should be times of greater and greater intimacy with the Lord. From disuse or lack of fellowship with Him, we must not develop a staleness or complacency or casualness in our relationship. Our cry should always be “ More of You in my life. More of Your love, Your truth, Your power and Your grace in my life.” When the day ceases, when our life on earth ceases, we will have certainly more to show. Prateep V Philip

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