Now is the time


Once again, on March 11, 2016, instead of commenting on the Verse of the Day, we are going to take a look at the Word for the Day. In this case, the word that I have selected is “now,” an adverb indicating time. The word generally means “at the present time or moment” or “in the time immediately before the present, as in “just now” or “right now.” Used throughout the Bible, the word “now” often begins a statement that expresses the present moment or time, such as in the following familiar verses that reveal aspects of our identity:

2 Corinthians 4:7:

Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.

2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV) reminds believers of their privileged designation:

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

We are also reminded of our ever-abiding position of victory in Christ Jesus, our Savior:
2 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV):

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

1 John 3:2 (NKJV) also makes known our relationship with God, our Father:

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.

Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) makes this powerful declaration about faith and its present application:

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].

Recently I was given a watch as a gift from a dear sister in Christ, as a reminder of the time that God so graciously had given me, as each new day unfolds. Each time that I look at the watch and ask, “What time is it?” I respond by saying to myself, “Now is the time to praise the Lord and give Him thanks for another day of life.”

I also recall that many years ago I shared a teaching that focused on the word “now.” To illustrate that now is an ever-present reality, I drew a picture of a clock with no hands on it. In the center of the clock in bold capital letters was the word “NOW.” I asked the audience a series of questions, as they looked at the clock: “What time is it?” “In five minutes what will be the time?” “If the Lord tarries, in five years what will be the time at that time?” In each instance, the response was the same. “Now!”
With regard to time, Believers are encouraged to redeem the time. To seize each opportunity and “live in the now.” We are familiar with this statement:

Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called the present.

To follow up on that anonymous quote, we must learn to redeem the time, to seize the moment, and live in the now, graphically and poetically illustrated here:

         The Eternal Moment
Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
                 Ephesians 5:16

Now is always the time.

Though grains of sand
fall and form
a mountain

does not
add nor take;
the moment cannot change.

The time is always Now.

Babbie Mason offers a lively reminder that “Now is the right time to praise the Lord.”

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