May 3rd 2010

One Day At A Time

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation!”

Psalm 68:19 (NKJV) 

About twelve years ago the actor Michael Caine was interviewed on TV.  One of the questions he was asked was, “What is your philosophy of life?”   He replied, “Make each day count and when evening comes, start thinking about how you can make tomorrow count.”   That’s great advice!

The thread of living “one day at a time” is woven throughout the scriptures. God supplied the Israelites with manna every day, and instructed them to gather only enough for their daily needs. If they kept it until the next day it “bred worms and stank.” (Exodus 16:16-20). 

Our heavenly Father’s mercies and compassions are new every morning. Isn’t that a wonderful thought? Every morning is a new beginning, a fresh start for every one of us! (Lamentations 3: 22-23). 

Jesus taught his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount to ask for “our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11), and refuse to be worried and anxious about tomorrow for: “Today’s trouble is enough for today.”(Verse 34 NLT). 

Throughout life we all face situations that seem overwhelming, and we may drift towards hopelessness or despair, wondering how we will be able to see it through to the end.  But God’s words of comfort and encouragement remind us every day: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Do not be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand!” (Isaiah 41:10 NLT).

God doesn’t ask us to bear tomorrow’s burdens with today’s strength. What He provided for us yesterday was fresh then–wonderful and adequate, but this is today and He has new plans and new resources for this new day! 

Prayer

Tender Father, thank you for never leaving us in need. Thank you for the daily provision that You make for us.  Help us to actively gather those resources that are new every morning, that we can love and serve you and others  with your strength.

Amen 

Study by Cliff Neill 

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