Cited from the ESV
— Isaiah 49:8 Thus says the Lord: “In a time of favor I have answered you; in a day of salvation I have helped you; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, to establish the land, to apportion the desolate heritages
— Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;
— Psalm 32:6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him.
— Psalm 69:13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.
Look at 2 Corinthians 6:2 and ask these valid questions. When is the “favorable time?” Is it when God listens…or when you speak to Him? Are you aware that God is saving you right now? Can we expand the comfortable little box for that word “salvation” from one and done for eternity to a continuous stream of activity for life? When we became a follower of Jesus Christ there was a spiritual sigh of relief because God saved us to Himself for all eternity. God has affirmed Himself in these scriptures with words like “I have” and “I will.” They have secured the past and the future but that “a” has become the big idea that God is continuously saving in the “present” There was “a day of salvation” but that was then. This is now.
Isn’t the reality of “seek the Lord while he may be found” necessary now? “Now” is the day we need to be saved from drowning in the unexpected flood of circumstances of daily life. The Lord reminds us of His past faithfulness in our past encounters with Him. I have listened to your prayers, I have answered, I have helped and saved you — remember how you found me then? It was a favorable and acceptable time between us. Don’t miss the reality that those memories of “found” time with me are the time you knew I was near. Those times are past, the present is now. Now I will keep you just as I did before — I remember, do you? Now is the time I set for “everyone who is godly [to] offer prayer. “O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness…Behold, now is the favorable time — behold now is the day of salvation.”