As we end one year (and decade) and begin a new one, our thoughts naturally go toward reflecting on our past and planning our future. But we only have “today.” The present is the only reality there is. We are simply marching through time, one present moment after another. Our past is how we decided to spend our present days, and our future is yet to be lived in the present.
In light of all this, now notice God’s invitation to us in Hebrews:
7 For God still has ordained a day for us to enter into called “Today.” For it was long afterwards that God repeated it in David’s words,
“If only today you would listen to his voice
and do not harden your hearts!” (Heb.4:7 TPT)
It’s important to understand here that God has ordained only one day—it’s called, “Today.” And also notice that this is something we’re invited to enter into…that’s probably because it’s not in our nature to live in this space.
Today is the only time you can make any difference in your life, which is why it’s where God has called us to live…here, now.
And, besides, there are dangers in not entering into “Today”:
- The past can be a thief that robs us of joy and keeps us locked up in a box of limitations, former victories, failures, or regrets. We cannot go forward by looking backward.
- The future can create an illusion, keeping us passively waiting while squandering all our days. It doesn’t exist because we have not lived there yet.
John Lennon pointed out this whole illusion quite succinctly when he said, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”
The point is, both the past and the future can keep us from seeing what God is doing right now.
Your future will be greatly determined by what you do today. And that includes the present moment when you finish reading this blog post, and then what you will do with all your present moments after that.
You’ve heard that God is the “Great I Am”; He’s not the “I was” or “I will be.” God owns your past, and He’s given you a hope and a future…so all that’s left is to rest in Him in the present.
Yet, very few of us seem to be able to live in the present, fully grasping and living in the moment. So much of our life and energy is spent being somewhere else. We live with regrets or get weighed down with worries. Some of us stay stuck on “Someday I’ll.” But Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow.
We know all that, but will we believe it?
This doesn’t mean that we don’t learn from our past, or that we don’t plan for our future. It simply means we should understand that our life only takes place in the present.
Entering into God’s ordained day called “Today” means living with expectancy. I’ve shared the difference between expectancy and expectation before, but it bears repeating here:
- Expectation is when you expect a certain outcome.
- Expectancy is walking with God in the present (or presence) and leaving the results to Him. The focus is simply on taking the next step, by faith, that God is asking of you.
When we focus on expectations, our eyes go away from the Source of joy (Psalm 16:11; John 15:9-11) and on to what we think should be happening. We’re actually limiting God with expectations because He wants to do MORE than we can ask or think (Eph.3:20-21).
Beloved, God has ordained a day called “Today” for us to enter into: it’s full of joy, full of His rest (constant refreshing), full of purpose, full of love and life…full of Him! Let’s live there.
I will look at the other admonition in this text next time.