There is a tension between “today” and “tomorrow” that needs constant monitoring. Only the LORD can guide us in that tension.
Proverbs 27:1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Today is what we have been given. Jesus prayed,
Matthew 6:11 “Give us today our daily bread.”
It’s important to keep this day’s needs and responsibilities on the front burner, so to speak. Jesus gives us His grace and the calm assurance of His Presence for today.
The problem comes when we start putting too much stock in what we have or what we can do. We, then, begin to make plans based on things staying as they are–which, nothing ever does. Jesus told this story:
Luke 12:16-21 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
“This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”
“You fool!” Wow! Let us heed this warning! The last thing I want is to stand before God and hear Him say that to me!!! Instead, let’s be rich toward God and make today our focus. Do we plan for the future? Sure. We just need to acknowledge that circumstances may change at any moment and that God has everything under control. If we are walking in step with Him, then we will be exactly where He wants us. Will life get crazy? Absolutely, but we are having the adventure of our lives!
The refrain of a song sums up our walk with Jesus on this earth:
“Sometimes He calms the storm, with a whisper, “Peace, be still,” He can settle any sea, but it doesn’t mean He will.
Sometimes He holds us close and let’s the wind and waves go wild; sometimes He calms the storm, and other times He calms His child.”
Let’s let Him calm us today.
The first time I sang that song was just before I was diagnosed with callouses on my vocal cords, which required surgery. Talk about setting me up! God was preparing me for the wild 6 months it took to get through those “rapids.” Our walk with Him grew leaps and bounds during that time as we walked with confidence in our LORD. It makes a tough time a fond memory.