I have been exploring what it means to focus on the present moment in recent posts. Yet today I want to take the whole thing into a definitive direction. I have alluded to this facet before, but I want to hit it straight on and make it the focus. Our relationship with God is only found in our present moment. Bold statement but true.
Relationship with God
If I am looking at the past or fearing my future, I am actually not relating to my NOW God. You may ask, “Are you saying that if I fail to be in the present moment that God won’t be in relationship with me?” Certainly not! God is there whether I am relating to Him or not. The difference is, if I am not in my current moment, I am not actually involved in that relationship. Yes, God is the God of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow but He engages me in my NOW. Truly this moment is all I have with Him.
As I said in my last post, most people live 95% of the day in the past or in the future but not in the moment. And this is a recipe for destruction. Imagine, if 95% of our time is lived out of the moment, then that means that only 5% of our day has the potentiality of relationship with God. WOW, talk about shortchanging God! Relationships don’t take place in a mythical realm of backtracking the past or bracing for the future. Relationships are in the now. They happen in the present moment. If I am not present, I am not in relationship with anyone.
Think about the typical scenario where a father is too busy with work to be involved with his children. He brings work home or he is at work and never really has time to give any more than a cursory response. Is he in relationship with his kids? Certainly not. We have to be in the now and present to be in relationship. And this is where the union takes place. We can’t be elsewhere and still in our relationship.
Dependence in the Present Moment
Here is another aspect of this. Only in the present moment am I able to be dependent on God. We know He like’s this stance a whole lot, so think about it. If I am fixated on the past or future, I am in self-sufficiency. I am trying to personally fix things, whether it is a patchwork job or a plan to protect. But ultimately it is “ME” I am looking to as source. This won’t do.
My life is to be lived in the present moment and my God looks to meet me there. He desires my presence just like I desire His in the present moment. Of course I want a God of yesteryear or an eternal Most High on the Throne. I want His omnipresent and omnipotent reality, but I also need Him in my NOW. So, if I have this earnest desire to encounter my God, why wouldn’t I remain in my present moment to be with Him?
Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
Matthew 6:34 TPT