The Present Moment as God’s Ambassador

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 52

The one who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and the one who receives a righteous person because he is a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward.

–Matthew 10:41 (ESV)

The present moment is like an ambassador who constantly announces to you the order of God.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

What good is it to reject what providence has revealed in search of some deeper, hidden plan of God? Indeed, there is more to the will of God than what we can see in outward circumstances, and he will give us special, specific directions when and how he chooses, but why do you think you will discern his more subtle communications if you ignore the obvious?

God has his primary ways of communicating with us. There is the divine will as it is revealed in Scripture, and it is your fundamental responsibility to understand and act upon it. We will have much more to say about this soon. But we are not done considering the voice of providence, and how the present moment speaks for God. It not only speaks, it shouts in our faces.

“The present moment is like an ambassador who constantly announces to you the order of God.” Ponder these words of Jean Pierre de Caussade until they change the way you receive the present moment. We have spent so much time considering the importance of the present moment, trying to see it from new perspectives. This is because we do not respect the present moment as we should. We do not receive it as an ambassador from God; we doubt that it has anything significant to tell us about God’s will and order for our lives.

The good news is that the opportunity for repentance is instantly available, for the present moment never leaves us, and whenever we want—as often as we are awakened to do so—we can honor it as God’s ambassador. And this starts by paying attention.

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