“But now we have been given a brief moment of grace, for the Lord our God has allowed a few of us to survive as a remnant. He has given us security in this holy place. Our God has brightened our eyes and granted us some relief from our slavery.” — Ezra 9:8
“I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to turn from her immorality.” — Revelation 2:21
Whoever neglects the present moment throws away all that he has. God has given us time and given it to us for a purpose. You and I must see time as a gift before we can really understand why it has been given to us.
We live in a generation that has devalued and taken its focus off of time and elevated “the event” as that which is of utmost importance. Thus we have become a people busily engaged in “killing time” between the great events of our lives. We have failed to see that the time we have been given is the great event. We have not realized that we cannot kill time without doing injury to eternity.
In Revelation 2:21, a rebellious and wicked imposter was given time to repent. If you are reading this (and it is obvious that you are), God has granted you that same opportunity. We all stand in the light of His truth as the same, wicked imposters as Jezebel. We are all in need of repentance and a turning back to God.
In Ezra 9:8, a people was given time to experience the grace of God in revival. They were allowed to survive, given security and set free from slavery because of “a brief moment of grace!” God had stepped out of eternity into time to make a difference in the lives of those who were perishing.
You might say, “Do it again, Lord!” Well, He already has. He acted in finality when He sent His Son to invade time with an eternal purpose. Jesus stepped out of eternity into time to make a difference in the lives of all of us…who were perishing.
Today, God is giving you and me the gift of time. In this very moment, He desires that we bow and surrender in repentance. He desires that we experience a moment of grace and a little reviving. He wants to make a difference in our lives so that our lives might make a difference in this world. He is saying, “Don’t walk through time without leaving a worthy evidence of your passage.”
He is giving a gift. Will we receive it today?