Leave Tomorrow

The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Psalm 16:5-6; Proverbs 27:1; Matthew 6:34

And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’” “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit’— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” Luke 12:19-20; James 4:13-14

When today’s upheaval portends an uncertain tomorrow, we may find ourselves wringing our hands and minds with what-ifs and what-thens. To fret over tomorrow, though, is to take on the weight of something about which we can do nothing, and over which we have no control. To fret over tomorrow distracts from today’s duties and beauties and robs today of its purpose. To fret over tomorrow is to waste today’s God-given portion of manna and strength, leaving us bereft and lacking for the moments at hand. We are promised enough, and must not squander it. “As your days, so shall your strength be.” (Deuteronomy 33:25)

“Worrying is… is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” ~Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983)

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Jesus taught His disciples to pray the balance of leaving God’s responsibilities in His hands, and trusting Him for today’s provision. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.” We must think about tomorrow, but not fret over it. Our focus on what today brings and requires is the best preparation for what only God knows will arise in days to come. (Matthew 6:10-11)

The relationships we invest in today will carry us through rough patches in the future- focus on people today. What resources we tend today will bear fruit and supply for tomorrow- focus on today. The flower blooms and fruit ripened today may be faded tomorrow. Take and partake today. (Proverbs 27:18,23-27)

In what are we investing today with our time and attention? With whom are we sharing the loveliness of Christ and the feast of His word? What are we doing to enjoy the beauty, fragrance, and sustenance of God’s provision today?

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”  ~Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983)

Potentate of Time, help me live as a child of the day, this day. Keep me awake, sober, so connected to You and Your will that I spend myself only for your sake and others’ good. Fulfill each day Your every resolve for good and every work of faith You intend for me so Your name is glorified. (Colossians 3:17,23; 1 Thessalonians 5:5-8,11,14-19; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12)

 

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