“Wherefore as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts…” Hebrews 3:7-8
Golden opportunities, opportunities of priceless worth, are open to every one of us today. But “tomorrow” has no sure promise for any one of us. “The Holy Spirit says, Today,” and Conscience also cries, “Today,” and the voice of Reason and the voice of History and the voice of Experience unite in one loud chorus and shout, “Today.” Only the voices of indifference and laziness and folly murmur, “Tomorrow.” The Holy Spirit is ever calling, “Today.” Men in their folly are forever saying, “Tomorrow.”
When the frightful plague of frogs came on Pharaoh of old and on his people, Pharaoh, in his terror, sent for Moses and Aaron and said, “Pray to the LORD to take the frogs away from me and my people, and I will let your people go to offer sacrifices to the LORD” (Exodus 8:8). Moses replied, “I leave to you the honor of setting the time for me to pray for you and your officials and your people that you and your houses may be rid of the frogs, except for those that remain in the Nile.” One would naturally suppose Pharaoh would have answered, “At once,” but Pharaoh, like many another king, played the fool and answered, “Tomorrow” (Exodus 8:9, 10). Men show a similar folly and often a greater folly in these days. When urged to forsake sin with its miseries and degradation and perils and turn to Christ with the joy and peace, and elevation of our character and tranquillity that He gives, they answer, “Yes, I think I will.” “When?” “Oh, tomorrow.” But “the Holy Spirit says, Today.”
A poor wretch came into my office one day. He had been drinking, and drinking had brought misery into his heart and ruin into his life. I asked, “Will you quit drinking and turn to Jesus Christ?” “Oh,” he exclaimed, “there is nothing else that I can do, I will.” “Will you do it now?” He hung his head, and murmured, “Not now, tomorrow.” But “the Holy Spirit says, Today.” Tomorrow is the devil’s day and the fool’s day. Today is God’s day, and the wise man’s day.
I wish to give you tonight some conclusive and unanswerable reasons why every man and woman in this auditorium who makes any pretensions to intelligence and common sense should not only accept the Lord Jesus as his Lord and Savior, but should accept Him here before he leaves this building tonight, if he has not already done it. What I want to get is action, immediate action, intelligent and wise action. And the only action that is intelligent and wise for anyone who has not already accepted Jesus Christ is to accept Him right here tonight. Resolutions to do the right thing and the wise thing at some indefinite time in the future are of no value whatever. God’s time is now. “The Holy Spirit says, Today.” – R.A. Torrey