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Immerse: Chronicles Week 7

Foresight

There are many things in life that are not exactly as they seem.  For example, the phrase “fast food” comes to mind because it is often neither fast nor food by the time you get it.

Some might consider the phrase “congressional action” to be a huge misnomer, as well.  That’s all I have to say about that.

Or maybe you have fallen prey to the commercial retail phrase of “buy today and save $100!!”  Last time, I checked, when I bought any item like this, I never received the savings in my account the next day.

There is one that is extremely true and reliable. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard it before, so it isn’t anything earth shattering.

“Hindsight is 20/20.”

Yep.  That’s it. That’s the truth.  I think right now, if you’re like me, you are scrolling through various circumstances from your past in which this axiom was proven to be true.  How many times in your life have you ever had the thought cross your mind, “If I had only known then, what I know now.”

It’s so easy to look back and see things so much clearer than when we first ventured into those circumstances.  Some large scale events which come to mind are things like career choices, marriage, parenting, large financial decisions like a home or car purchases, etc. And then, there are smaller ones like choosing which lane on the interstate, which size pants to purchase or maybe choosing a particular entrée that might have been a bit too spicy for your tender tummy…. Nuff said.

If hindsight is 20/20, then foresight needs full strength bifocals!!  That’s where faith comes in.
In this week’s Immerse reading, we finish the book of Esther which tells the beautiful story of the faithfulness rooted in the past and the trusting faith of God to bless those who are faithful to Him in the future. We see the story of Queen Esther, in response to the challenge from her uncle, standing boldly for the Lord and using her faith in Him to help her have the foresight to know she has been put there “for such a time as this” (p. 149), and she can’t overlook the opportunity.

When it comes to our lives and our own unique circumstances, we may need to apply some of these truths to our decision making process. Maybe we should stop waiting for our own version of “Uncle Mordecai” to tell us the importance of the moment. Maybe we should start practicing this on a regular consistent basis on our own. Maybe if we did, we might encounter more opportunities in which we can rightfully and righteously fulfill our calling to “such a time as this.”

Let’s begin today to live each day with the kind of faith that says, “Today is the day!” Let’s stop living life like we only have one moment to look out for to make a difference, but instead, let’s seize every single moment and make the most of it.  Isn’t that what Paul had in mind when he reminded the believers in Colossae to “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity” (Col 4:5).

If we can begin to use our faith to help our foresight see things more clearly, then we will clearly see the opportunities the Lord has put before us for “such a time as this.” That time is now.