Superlatives! (Part 6)
He has said in his heart, 'I shall not be moved; I shall never be in adversity.'
Psalm 10:6 (NKJV)
Peter answered and said to Him, 'Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.'
Matthew 26:33 (NKJV)
'Come,' one says, 'I will bring wine, and we will fill ourselves with intoxicating drink; Tomorrow will be as today, and much more abundant.'
Isaiah 56:12 (NKJV)
Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;' whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.
James 4:13-14 (NKJV)
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Proverbs 27:1 (NKJV)
You shall not tempt the Lord your God.
Matthew 4:7, Deuteronomy 6:16 (NKJV)
When we say never, we tempt God to prove us wrong. Because never is an absolute measurement of time, and God owns everything absolutely--including time. When we say tomorrow, we tempt God again. We have no guarantee of Earth's tomorrow. If we receive it, it's a gift.
'I'll call my grandmother tomorrow. I'll start exercising on Monday. I'll go to church next Sunday. I'll tithe when I get my bills under control. I'll be bolder about Christ as soon as...' Procrastination is the devil's game, and betting on tomorrow is a poor bet.
'Be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect' (Luke 12:40).
'Behold, I stand at the door and knock' (Revelation 3:20).
'Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is' (Ephesians 5:15-17).
Here's the will of the Lord: when He says call, move, go, give or do, He means now: today. Regarding temporal immediacy, consider these Words from Jesus to a hopeful disciple:
'Follow Me.' But he said, 'Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.' But He said to him, 'Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.' Another also said, 'I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.' But Jesus said to him, 'No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God' (Luke 9:59-62).
Oh! God's order of immediacy seems harsh, but the punishment for procrastination seems worse. The point? God owns time. We do not. If He asks you to leave people or situations behind to follow Him, trust that His management of them will exceed your own.
When God says jump... just do it.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Superlatives! series.