Right Now

Written by: Steve Crowder

From his youth, Steve knew he was called into the ministry which ultimately led him to Applied Life Christian College in Arkansas. Now as Lead Pastor of Highway, after two decades of ministry experience, marriage and raising three kids, Steve teaches with unique insight and practical application.

May 10, 2022

Isaiah 30:21 NIV “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

My wife, Missy, has begun to work for GrubHub full time this year delivering food and making extra money for our family in the process. It’s not her end game or even close to her dream, but it is a step towards a full time career now that our youngest is graduating high school.  There are many nights I choose to jump into the car and be her chauffeur which usually makes pick ups and drop offs faster.  And with more deliveries comes more income.  You get the picture.

It’s crazy, but sometimes we forget how this type of job would have been impossible not too many years ago.  Now we have cars with displays, Apple Play to connect to our phones, apps that link buyers to deliveries and the beloved GPS helping us to know where we are and where we need to end up.  I know the internet itself wasn’t around my whole existence, but we have grown so accustomed to a high tech life, we have to remind ourselves that it’s still relatively new.  Right?

Well, some, if not all of these technologies are new, but not humanity’s need to know where we are and where we are headed.  Navigators for generations used the stars in the sky to chart their course before man-made satellites took their place.  But greater than man’s need to traverse the planet is our need to locate ourselves internally sometimes.  Where are we now…in this season of life and how are we doing with the circumstances we are currently in the middle of?  Two great questions we often do not give enough honest attention to.

I love the Message paraphrase version of what Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:34:

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”

How good is that?!  Don’t get worked up by the “what ifs” in regards to your future.  Just give your full attention to the moment…what God is doing right now.  And when the journey leads you to the crossroads of decision, trust the voice that the prophet Isaiah spoke of to guide you.  Jesus promised that He came to this world to bring us life, and He is the Good Shepherd who wants our souls to be fully restored.

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