"Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that.”" James 4:13, 15
We all know when time began - at least for us individually, since time is reckoned from the date of your birth. But we’re never quite sure when God will press the stopwatch, and time will have become history - at least, for us.
Have you ever thought about the way that time governs your life? Perhaps as no other generation, we are slaves to the clock. We are bound to schedules and deadlines, and we think that the world will stop unless we make those deadlines. Sometimes it’s good for us to realize that when our schedules go awry, life goes on. There’s a reason why we learn to live one day at a time. God has promised guidance and direction for just today. Time and time again, the Bible emphasizes the importance of today. God promised, "As your days, so shall your strength be." - Deuteronomy 33:25
When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He said, " Pray like this; 'Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread!" There you have it again. Give us this day - not tomorrow - not next year - but meet our needs today.
You may be frustrated because your schedule and your goals haven’t worked out the way you planned. There's good news! God promises help for just today. He said, "The Lord is good, a refuge in the day of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” - Nahum 1:7 Living in the present does not mean a total disregard of the past nor a nonchalant attitude toward the future. It means that you find God's grace to cope with the flight that is cancelled, the stock that collapses, the loan that doesn't get paid, the prodigals, the disappointments of each day and the hopes for tomorrow that don't materialize. God help us to find our strength for today.
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