Be thankful for what you have TODAY and use it for His glory.
Be careful not to ask for too much more of an opportunity to do beyond what He has given us today for it will cause us to be persistent and eventually bank on our own strength and ability to do it where we may not yet be ready for it. It is like pressuring ourselves for something that isn’t due that produces unnecessary worry and anxiety.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient FOR THE DAY is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34 NKJV)
At the same time, we don’t go back to the not so good things of yesterday unless we view it as paid for by the Blood of Jesus. Guilt, shame and condemnation are results of the things we’ve done in the past and if not perceived in the light of the finished work of Jesus Christ will haunt us down, get us down and make us stay down.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
The Lord gives us our daily bread. Mind you, it’s DAILY! We don’t strive to get the ones of tomorrow, for today has its own things to do and fulfill according to our daily provision. This way we get to ENJOY who is in front of us and what is catered at the buffet table for us TODAY.
God’s provision for Manna (“what is it?”) was daily. There were commands that came with it. They were only to gather what is enough for the day. I believe we have too many “what is it” moments to discover in the course of the day and be awed by them. It is in the unfolding of what He has in store for the day and unveiling our eyes to see them is what causes JOY in our hearts that becomes our strength to uphold us through the day.
“Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain QUOTA every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.” (Exodus 16:4 NKJV)
Each day has its own beauty to behold, air to breathe, fragrance to inhale, thanksgiving and praise to declare. Each day is an opportunity to worship the One Who is worthy as we journey to discover more of Who He is that brings us to explore and experience His very presence in our midst. Each day is ordained and prearranged for us to have enough places to go, enough things to do, enough people to meet, enough thoughts to think and enough words to speak. It is a divinely well planned day that if we choose to be aware of His leading in our lives, it is more than enough to enjoy.
“So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one’s need.” (Exodus 16:18 NKJV)
Tuesdays are my days off. I woke up one Tuesday and chose to relax with not much in my “to do” list. I was determined to simply enjoy what the Lord has in store for me. But before lunchtime, I got a text from someone requesting me some things needed to be done. Normally I would immediately respond and do what was expected of me to do. But that day, I said to myself, it’s my day off and I just planned it to be gracefully paced.
Because I didn’t succumb to the pressure of time, I got to find time to encourage someone in need. I got to enjoy my lunch liesurely. I got to even drive off to my cousin’s place and celebrated my niece’s birthday at dinnertime. In short, I had a great and glorious day without feeling guilty of not doing what was requested.
Sometimes we need to put on our brakes when pressure tries to speed us up. We are to learn to say no to things that can wait for the work’s schedule of tomorrow. We are to learn how to value our day off. We are not robots. Our bodies need rest and renewal for it to function well.
Time is of essence. Time is precious and it is meant for us to find pleasure in every second that the Lord has gifted us. There are positioned treasures along the way and unless our thoughts are uncluttered, we may miss to see, appreciate and enjoy them. Let us learn to walk in the unforced rhythm of His grace.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You, for opening my eyes to see that each day has its own divinely orchestrated things to do that will allow me to enjoy it to the max. Like a flower that cannot be forced to fully bloom, the art of waiting is of necessity. Your grace is always sufficient for the day. Thank You, Jesus, for being our daily Bread of Life, that nourishes and sustains us as we meditate on the freshly spoken word revealed to us by the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Truly everyday is a gift that is meant to celebrate and enjoy! Amen!