Living For Today

“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,
and all these things will be provided to you.
So do not worry about tomorrow;
for tomorrow will worry about itself. 
Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:33-34 (NASB)

There are some people who live for the moment and have no care for the issues of tomorrow. They sometimes are called free spirits for their uninhibited lifestyle. They are spontaneous and do not concern themselves with what may come tomorrow.

This is not what Jesus means when he tells us not to worry about tomorrow. According to the Bible there is a class of people who need to be very worried about tomorrow! This group of people are referred to in Luke 1:79 where we read that they, “…sit in darkness and the shadow of death”. We need, as Christians, to warn these people to “flee from the wrath to come” as John the Baptist put it (Luke 3:7).

Today I am speaking to believers who all too often reach into tomorrow and pull back into today its possible problems and worries. All that accomplishes is to spoil today’s joy with anxiety over what may or may not be coming in 24 hours. Can you not see how fruitless, even futile, such actions are?

Day by day we are led by our Good Shepherd every step of our journey from this shattered, sinful world to the Celestial City—where every tear shall be wiped from our eyes. Where joy abounds and there is no more sorrow, nor death nor crying. Does not this truth grant you a determination to weather today’s storm knowing you are destined for an eternal future with a nail scarred Jesus who loved you and gave Himself for you?

Take heart dear reader and do as your Beloved Master tells you to do today. Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness. Strive to be holy as He is holy. Imitate Him in all you say and do. Learn all you can today concerning how to behave right now as His dear children. As you pursue your Christian responsibilities for here and now the Saviour will draw alongside you supplying all to you. So come to Him who loves you with an everlasting love and partake of all you require to meet today’s challenges. Come and come now.

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find, to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He Whose heart is kind beyond all measure
Gives unto each day what He deems best—
Lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day, the Lord Himself is near me
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear, and cheer me,
He Whose Name is Counselor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then in every tribulation
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.

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