You have been very fortunate in this life if you have never desperately needed something or someone in the nick of time, in that moment when a life impact could change the direction of your future. Whether you realize it or not we are entering into one of those areas of life when we cannot clearly see what tomorrow holds for us, but most of us know it is a time when life decisions have to be made and quickly. For most of us there is a degree of sorrow as we realize that life in this world is never going to honor our Creator, the One who lived and died for us that we might have a future that is real and was always meant to be. However, it is also a time when if we are smart we will show by our lives and our actions that we as individuals really do care. We can no longer afford putting off until tomorrow.
Martin Luther was attributed to once saying, "You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building a nest in your hair." We are living in a time that makes many of us anxious, but it doesn’t do away with tomorrow’s sorrows, it only takes away from the strength we might need to deal with them. You might be thinking to yourself that there really is no way we can prepare for the unknown until it gets here, but our Lord would say you are wrong. If we haven’t already done so now is the time when we should be building the blocks of faith we were always meant to have.
Vernon McGee in his commentaries tells us that one of the most important verses in the Scriptures is found in the book of Habakkuk, a book that most of us know little about. It gives the key to the three great doctrinal epistles in the New Testament: Romans, Galatians and Hebrews, and reads – but the just shall live by his faith (2:4).
Where do we learn about this faith and make it applicable to our lives? Paul tells us in Romans – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). While it is true that we can hear individually as we study the Word of God it is also true that it is often in the body of Christ, our individual churches that we can put the words we read into practice and find we are receiving a real and profound understanding of the outcome our Lord desires.
Reading about faith doesn’t give us the same insight as Paul hoped to accomplish when he told the people of his day For we walk by faith, not by sight (2nd Corinthians 5:7). All of the knowledge in this world cannot be captured by simply reading about it. The difference comes when we can truthfully say – I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2nd Timothy 4:7).
Until relatively recent we have not fully understood what tomorrow’s world might really be facing. I am not sure we still understand that our decisions might well have to be made at a moments notice. Are we truly prepared or are we counting on a last minute decision, one hopefully made in the nick of time? Many, many years ago Paul tried to tell us that 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 11:6).
If you have this faith you will have joy in your heart and regardless of what happens in the days ahead you will be a better person, one equipped to avoid decisions made in the nick of time because you have already decided what to do, you have listened to both your head and your heart.
O Master, let me walk with Thee, in lowly paths of service free;
In work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong;
In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way;
In peace that only Thou canst give, with Thee, O Master, let me live.