Two passages to consider today.
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
A very huge lesson that has been learned this past year of life has been how a believer is to live in these 3 time zones(past, present, and future). We know that living in the past usually goes with regret. We relive seasons that have passed or we are stuck on pain from the past. The opposite then is living to far ahead into the area of “the future” which goes with anxiety, worry and trying to figure out all the things that can happen and might happen to you.
I think that the more we embrace the past to get healed and the more we get rooted in God’s love and His word the more the past and the future change. Paul is saying that when you go backwards and face your past darkness God is there in that process and God was there when it happened. Paul is then saying that ‘things to come’ covers everything that has to do with your future.
But the thief now wants to destroy your ‘nor things present’ mentality and vitality that is only found in being present. You could say that it takes a great deal of courage to face your past and forgive people, and it can take just as much trust to give God the future. However, the greatest amount of pain will come in the fight to live in the present day and the present light. I think God is mostly concerned with today. Even though we all know He is in all things and is everywhere and as we see He covers all three time zones and He knows our future. We have been knitted and formed for such a time as this!
But even Jesus said, “Do not worry about tomorrow..each day has its own trouble!” The thief wants to pull you to far backwards and to far forwards and God wants us in ‘Today.’ It is hard in all three time zones, but maybe the cure for the past pain we feel and the anxiety of the future is talking to God today as if it could be your last. We all know that tomorrow is no guarantee. So, live while you are living but recognize who has given you life.