Now Is the Time

“This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118: 24)

Do not live (abide) in the past or the future- I AM is the God of now. The word “am” expresses present states and conditions; and so, Jesus is telling us to be joyful now and to be glad now for another day in which He has given blessings. We need to discover the good things in this day because it is all that we have- the past is gone; the future is not here. Our spirits will not rest as long as we need future anything to be happy. Paul and Silas knew this and that is why they were able to sing in a dirty, damp prison cell (Acts 16:25). They decided to be cheerful and thankful on that very day- they made a decision; they chose to express joy. I believe their prayers and singing were genuine because their joy was not based on their circumstances, but on their relationship with Jesus, whose love and grace remained unchanged in spite of dire physical conditions.

Regret over the PAST can lead to depression and/or anger: Depression, when we cannot change the mistakes we made or the consequences of what we did or didn’t do; anger, when we cannot change what was done to us or what was lacking regarding our needs and desires. 1 John 1:9 is a key verse to remember concerning our past behaviors, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” After we have done everything we could to correct our mistakes and repent from them, we will be able to rest with assurance in His forgiveness and cleansing. And, as far as others’ mistreatment of us is concerned, it remains in our power to forgive and set ourselves free from anger and possible bitterness towards them ( Col. 3:13-14; Heb. 12:14-15; Eph. 4:31-32).

While it is good to plan and be hopeful concerning the future, Matthew 6:25-34 commands us not to be anxious about the future; and, Jesus would not make a demand that was not possible to fulfill by the power of the Holy Spirit. We do not know what our tomorrows hold, so we cannot say with certainty what we need to do or what will happen. Thankfully, the Lord gives us all the grace to meet whatever happens today (Heb. 4:16; Lamentations 3:22-23).

Jesus said, “Abide in Me” and Jesus is I AM.