Today Only

Matthew 6:34
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Jesus only asks us to trust Him one day at a time.  We don’t have to have faith for tomorrow today.  We don’t have to have bread for tomorrow today.  We don’t have to face tomorrow’s problems today.  What God allots us at any given time is enough, good or bad.  He always gives to us what we need right now because He is all-sufficient.  It would be foolish to try to carry around a heavy pack loaded with all we think we will need for a lifetime when Jesus invites us to draw from His well moment by moment as needed.  So there’s no need to worry about what we might not have tomorrow when we can be thankful for what we have today.

So let’s not worry about what isn’t and may never be.  We don’t have to think about things right now that we may never have to think about.  Let’s focus on what is in front of us, one day allotted to us, a purpose within it, its own share of struggles and needs and things to do, full of opportunities we can only see if we are not already looking to tomorrow.  We can’t be distracted by a coming battle when we’re in the midst of one today.  And we won’t be properly prepared to face what comes tomorrow if we haven’t taken care of today’s needs in the right way.

Above all, when we’re trusting in God, it almost doesn’t matter what happens or what we’ll have to face because we know He is walking beside us.  It doesn’t matter what we might be lacking because God has promised to meet all of our needs.  What we have to do today will fill every moment.  Thinking too much on the “what ifs” and the “maybes” wastes energy we could be using right now on things that are sure and certain, because so often things don’t turn out how we expect them to.

Let us leave tomorrow where it belongs and focus on what we have right in front of us.  God is the one who holds the future, so we don’t have to carry it, too.  And if we get through today, He’ll be with us again tomorrow.  And if we get through tomorrow, He’ll be with us again the day after that.  There is wisdom in living one day at a time because it allows us to live fully in each moment as it comes, using all of our energy for the task at hand.  God’s mercies are new every morning, so we can be sure what He gives us is sufficient for today.