Hear the Question That the Present Moment Asks You

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 99

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

–Psalm 27:4 (ESV)

We are instructed in the Psalms to “offer a sacrifice of righteousness, and hope in the Lord” (Psalm 4:5). This means that the great and solid foundation of the spiritual life is to give yourself to God, to be subject to his good pleasure, in all matters, within and without. It is to be so self-forgetful that, from now on, you consider yourself sold and delivered, something over which you have no more rights, and that the good pleasure of God makes for all your joy, and his happiness, his glory, and his existence make for the one good thing that you have.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

At each moment, your circumstances pose a question to your soul: are you satisfied with your one good thing? That one thing, if you are following the path of abandonment, is God’s glorious existence, which is never threatened or compromised by anything that happens. Once you have chosen this to be “the one good thing that you have,” the moments of your life will proceed to ask you, one by one, if your are content with your choice. Learn to hear this question being asked of you by your current situation. Learn to answer without words, with simple satisfaction of the heart. Then, although you cannot always be in the house of the Lord, you can take that house with you, making your surroundings into a holy temple, and the attitude of your heart into a spiritual sacrifice.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.