1Samuel 17:46, “THIS DAY the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you… that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel”
There is something about “THIS DAY (TODAY)”, which is present tense that has to be addressed otherwise we start dwelling on either yesterday which is past tense or think of tomorrow which is future tense. God has given us today to make good use as we live one day at a time. There is a song we used to sing, “One day at a time sweet Jesus, that’s all I’m asking from you, just give me strength to do every day what I have do, yesterday is gone sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine, Lord help me today, show me the way one day at a time”.
Over and over again the bible addresses today, Jesus said, “do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of itself” in other words, deal with what you have today, what has already been supplied. Worrying about tomorrow or something that has not happened yet is not healthy for there is a possibility of wasting today. Today’s wasted can never be recovered, for time is precious. I’m learning most of these the hard way. “Choose ye this day whom you will serve”.
There are things we need to do that many times we neglect them thinking that we have a lot of time to do them another day. This is where the word procrastination comes in. Procrastination is to postpone or delay needlessly, to put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness. Someone said, procrastination is the thief of timeto which I am a victim. Procrastination becomes very serious when something of priority is neglected, for example, there are people reading this who have not repented of their sins and put their trust in Jesus Christ alone for their eternal salvation. They are still procrastinating with an idea , “I have a lot of time to one day do it”. If tomorrow is promised to no one, today is your day of salvation. Salvation should be a priority because the day of the Lord is approaching.
To put this to perspective, let’s look at David facing Goliath. For 40 days the Israelites under the leadership of Saul had been threatened and constantly postponed or delayed needlessly their attack, later David comes into the scene and sees an opportunity to do something for there was a man who was blaspheming the name of the Living God. Remember David was not supposed to be here, he was not a warrior at this point, had no training or weapons, and had no army back up yet he is not even looking for time to go and train, build up an army and get his weapons. He understands that if he is going to fight, it’s either now or never. David speaks, 1Samuel 17:46, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you… that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel”. This day, today, this hour I need to deal with this. As he is saying “this day”, he has God in mind to help him overcome this day. I have so many Goliaths I have been delaying fighting because of the fear just like Saul and his people. I don’t want to postpone them for tomorrow or another day, I want to face them today. You can tell that they did not mention the name of the Lord in their situation therefore for 40 days, they were afraid of facing one man. David comes to win not tomorrow but today. Not only is he planning on winning today, he has a strategy of doing it, 1. the Lord will deliver you in my hands; 2. I will strike you and take your head from you; 3. my reason for doing this is to let the whole earth know that there is a God in Israel. Imagine the time lost (40 days), they could have used that time to do better things if they had David’s spirit and strategy.
Procrastination is a condition we have to deal with, certain moves and decisions need to be made, things to accomplish. Delaying them may not help resolve them. Postponing paying bills, certain duties and tasks, certain responsibilities is not healthy. Let’s all begin to identify things we have been putting aside that we need to deal with, face, fight and say like David, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand”. The Lord is giving us grace to deal with this day, check this out, Exodus 32:29, “For Moses had said, consecrate yourselves today to the Lord, even every man upon his son, and upon his brother; that he may bestow upon you blessings this day”, Deuteronomy 11:26, “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse”. If the Lord is mostly talking about this day, we too can live one day at a time dealing with things we have been postponing for so long. Blessings Ev