One Day At A Time

 

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Proverb 27:1 Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.

It seems so cliché when one says, “I’m taking it one day at a time!” But is it really cliché, or are we being combative to God’s Word?  Matthew 6:11 quotes Jesus teaching us the Model Prayer, “Give us this day, our daily bread.”  If you study God’s Word, you’d see that this passage echoes exactly what God did for the Children of Israel when they were delivered from Egypt.

Exodus 16:2There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.

3“If only the lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”

4Then the lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. 5On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”

We as a people are very ungrateful.  God has a desire to deliver us from slavery to freedom.  However, because that deliverance doesn’t come over night, we typically (like the children of Israel) complain about the journey.  But here is the beauty of God; the very thing area we complain about is the same area that He blesses us in.  The Children of Israel complained about not having what they had in Egypt.  The wanted food.  They wanted to eat good like they used to.   Yet, they didn’t count the cost of that food.  In Egypt, they had to work like crazy just to have the bare essentials that people naturally have.  But God.  If I can paraphrase verse 4, God says, “I’m going to give you what you need, and you won’t have to work for it.  And it will be enough to sustain you for the day, each and every day, so you will never have to worry about it being enough!”

I could stop right there!  But let’s take it a little further.

“Give us this day, our daily bread!”  God is so faithful, that He continued to provide for people who weren’t faithful to Him.  He continues to provide for us despite our sins, flaws, and short comings.  He continues to give us this day, our daily bread, so why do we worry about tomorrow.  Think about it!  If He does all of this when we act up, how much more will He do when we align ourselves to His will.  Once again, here is the beauty of God.  Nowhere in His Word does He ever say, “Don’t focus on tomorrow.”  The evidence behind that is everywhere in His Word that sowing and reaping is mentioned.  His Word however, does tell us not to worry about tomorrow.  There is a monumental difference between worrying and focusing.

Proverbs 13:22 says, “Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.”

That is focus! Planning is what is referred to in this passage.  In order to leave an inheritance to your grandchildren, one must think of tomorrow.  With proper counsel, one can make wise plans to secure a proper future for those to come.

Let’s look to e what the Word says about worrying:

Matthew6:25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?28“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?  31“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

God has a true desire to provide for us.  He longs to meet our needs daily.  In return He wants us to put or complete trust and faith in Him.  Take it one day at a time, and watch God exceed all of your expectations!

Love you, be blessed! – AWS 03.13.16