Those verses are present tense…
It’s not bad to plan ahead. We all make plans for the future. We jot down appointments, make note of birthdays or anniversaries coming up, save up for vacations, etc. We make shopping lists for later in the week. Keep up with what’s happening around town, what’s coming up with family and friends in the near future.
But some things tend to get lost in thinking ahead all the time.
Redeem the time, we’re told. What does that mean? It means, to make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good.
It means, while thinking about everything I need to do tomorrow, I must not miss doing what I’m supposed to be doing TODAY. Not miss hearing the Holy Spirit’s voice NOW. Like, rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS. Go to the store NOW, not later. Make that phone call NOW, not later. Read that chapter TODAY, not tomorrow. Pray for that friend NOW, this morning, this day.
Advice for us all: Take notice of what we’re hearing from the Lord this moment, today. He brings to mind lots of things, if we’re paying attention. It may come through prayer, scripture reading, newspapers, books, magazines, music, television, radio, internet, chats with friends – or just noticing something outside the window at home or in the car.
Today is the day for being thankful. For rejoicing! For interceding.
Because today is the day of salvation (Greek soteria; sozo). For rescue. Deliverance. Provision. Protection. Healing. For me myself, and for someone else I can help or intercede for.
(II Cor. 6:2, Ps. 118:24, Eph. 5:16, Phil 4:4 KJV)