Tuesday, March 28th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 7)
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?
Luke 12:56 (NIV)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.
Proverbs 27:1 (NIV)
Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.'
James 4:13 (NASB)
Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NASB)
Hyperopia is farsightedness. In the medical realm of eye ailments, we see trifling details at a distance, but stumble over the logs at our feet. We speed-read every sign on the highway, but the standard print in books looks blurry.
In the unseen realm of mind and spirit, we fix our attention on tomorrows, but ignore today's opportunities and disregard God-given commissions. We excuse our undutiful delays in an assortment of creative ways:
'The sluggard says, 'There is a lion outside; I will be killed in the streets!' ' (Proverbs 22:13).
'The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size' (Numbers 13:32).
'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me' (Luke 14:18).
'I just got married, so I can't come' (Luke 14:20).
'Lord, first let me go and bury my father' (Matthew 8:21).
The timing isn't right to go forward; Moving now is a risk we will not take; We're tied up in important business deals; Our families don't want us to leave them. Tomorrow looks much better than today.
But God says:
'Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning' (Luke 12:35).
'For the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect' (Luke 12:40).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Except regarding Heaven itself, today is better than tomorrow. You've opted for an action-packed life. Day by day, you eat the Bread of Life. Day by day, you pray without ceasing. Day by day, you fight the enemy. Day by day, you exhort each other. Day by day, you follow your Leader. Day by day, you polish God's talents. Day by day, they're bigger and brighter. Day by day, your faith is seen by works. Therefore, you stand ready to meet Christ.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.