Present in the Moment
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen . . . But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:1, 6 NKJV
While praying about the coronavirus—this invisible enemy—the Lord reminded me of three words that He spoke to my heart last Fall: faith, focus, fearless. These words are a reminder of what God is saying, not only to prepare us, but to equip us to survive this pandemic, victoriously.
Any difficult journey in life can try your faith, distort your focus, and shake your courage. But let’s not allow plagues, pestilence, life’s troubles, and other distractions dampen our faith, blur our focus, or grip us with fear. We must continue to do God’s will, and in the end, we will triumph if we remain faithful, focused, and fearless. We must set our face like “flint” (i.e., strength and determination, Isa. 50:7) and stay present in the moment.
“Now faith” is faith that is present in the moment. True faith is always now (Heb. 11:1). Being present in the moment is the only time where there is no time. It is the point between the fears and failures of the past and the uncertainties of the future. God is here right now with us in the midst of this fight against this unseen enemy. So, what is God saying? What God is saying to me may be different than what He is saying to you.
Being present in the moment with our faith in and our focus on God, He will speak to us right in the middle of this “de-normalization” of our lives: being sheltered in placed with your spouse and loved ones; not being able to send our children off to school; stressing out to purchase groceries and supplies as the unbelieving make a run on the stores; and, our limited ability to go and come and gather in community with other believers.
We may hear God challenge us about our true love and commitments for our spouse, children, and others. Was it love all along or just toleration? Were we really trusting God for our supply and the needs of children? Are we now being forced to face the fact as to whether we ever had true love for God and His people? Everything that happens, happens in the present moment, and without faith right now—in the present moment—we cannot pleased God (Heb. 11:6). So, let us love one another and care for each other during this crisis and afterwards.
In the present moment, there is no point in worrying about the past and or being anxious about the future (Phil. 4:6). We only need to be present. To be present means, in the words of Isaiah the prophet, to “Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say” (Isa. 28:23 NIV). Being present is being fully engaged, involved, and attentive to what God is saying and doing in you in every situation.
Have faith in God. Seek Him and He will reward us even during these difficult times, where it may feel like our world is being turned upside down. But remember “. . . that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). Stay faithful, focused, fearless, and present in the moment!