Now and Then

"God promises us TOMORROW's victory, but He says to focus on Him TODAY."

WE CAN ONLY WALK forward one day at a time. Where we can look backward at months and years, our current view sees today’s surroundings and not properly where we stood at age seven, fifteen, or thirty. Enter rose-colored glasses. Or tinted ones. Depending on your happiness of the memory. But point is, take them off, and reality stares back at you in the present. In the NOW.

NOW is the day of salvation. NOW is the right time for God’s kindness to us to be displayed. TODAY is the fulfilment of grace. NOW faith is.

Faith IS, present tense. Where our hope looks toward TOMORROW, our faith is anchored in who God is TODAY. Hath He said and shall He not do it TODAY? Hath He spoken and shall He not make it good NOW? God promises us TOMORROW’s victory, but He says to focus on Him TODAY. What we see Him as RIGHT NOW is what we will have TOMORROW.

The enemy would insert doubts into the mix, and doubts are always destructive possibilities about TOMORROW. They are what WON’T happen, what we CAN’T count on, what will FAIL. But God does not fail us EVER. He is FOREVER and ETERNAL, full of infinite goodness for every single day, the one we’re currently living in and the one that we can’t quite picture yet.

The Word of God makes Him even greater. Not only is He the surety of TOMORROW and GOODNESS we can count on, but He is EXCEEDING, ABUNDANTLY ABOVE anything we CAN EVER ask or even think of. He outdoes our hopes for TOMORROW. Way back when He began time on Day 1, in the beginning, He had TOMORROW already planned out. He knew of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. He knew of Moses and Israel and deliverance from Egypt. He knew of Babylon and a return to the Promised Land. He knew when He would send His Son and to whom and for how long. He knew of every person along the way and all their todays and tomorrows. He sent Him to die and redeem man from sin, but He knew three TOMORROWS later, He would rise again.

NOW is faith because God is here TODAY with our hopes for TOMORROW fixed firmly in His gaze, every second filled with His grace. So here we stand, sure of it because the God who created TODAY does RIGHT NOW, this minute, and the next, and the next, love us eternally.

“As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalms 103:12)

“But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children's children;” (Psalms 103:17)

Suzanne D. Williams, Author