Do you see each moment as an opportunity? I must admit that I often struggle with this. Yet, this week, like always, God has met me where I am.
When I look back, I can see that this week has been defined by moments – sometimes ugly, angry moments; sometimes still, contented moments; sometimes peaceful, prayerful moments; sometimes thankful, praise-full moments. In every case, each moment was an opportunity.
An opportunity? For what?
To be faithful.
Last week we saw that we can live purposefully in the daily grind when we identify ourselves as children of God. We also established that pleasing God requires faith (Hebrews 11:6).
We all know life doesn’t fit into a neat little box or follow a nice set of instructions. So how are we supposed to please God when life gets messy? Thankfully, God gave us the Bible for guidance. This is what Paul says:
“We are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God (Titus 2:12, NLT).”
In all our little moments we have a choice: godlessness or righteousness. But what does righteousness look like? Paul writes to Timothy, “pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11, my emphasis).”
We choose righteousness when we live in faith, trusting God’s unlimited vision, persevering in our faith with love and gentleness. We are faithful when we are train our heart, purify our minds, capture our thoughts, and measure our words. Praying, reading the Bible, spending time with other believers, and worshiping the Lord are also ways in which we allow God to re-shape our thinking. I’ve learned that how we react in the little moments is often dictated by what we’ve done in our previous opportunities.
Which is why I’ve found myself reading the Psalms a lot lately. The Psalmists’ words have a way of reaching the depths of our hearts and speaking truth into the moment. They are both relieving and healing. And, the Lord meets us in them, pointing us back to Him:
“But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself; the Lord hears when I call him.” -Psalm 4:3
“Those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” – Psalm 9:10
Paul ends a letter to Timothy with,”fight the good fight for the true faith (1 Timothy 6:12a).” He may as well have written, In all your little moments, Timothy, choose righteousness.
The Lord is faithful. Ask Him to meet your where you are.
Always seeking to be found in Him,