Are we to live the Christian life only in the present?
Think about that question. We all face trials and tribulations in our lives. It is unavoidable. My own life is no exception.
But what good does it do us to fear? Can we quit worrying about what the future holds and just live in this day? It is hard sometimes to stay in that “surrendered” mode, and it can often times even appear as apathy, but in reality it is rest. God provided it for us.
Two girls that I know and love own and run the local mercantile http://www.southernillinoismercantileco.com . They designed a new shirt that they sell that says: “Go Out and Gather Manna” Ex 16:4
I have been praying about what that means to me. I have not asked the girls about it, so I do not know the meaning to them, but this is my take.
God gave just enough manna for the Israelites to make it through that day. Not tomorrow’s manna, or next week’s manna. Nothing more and nothing less, only what was needed for THAT day.
He even let them have enough on the sixth so they could rest on the seventh day! That in and of itself is a lesson!
They had to simply Trust God.
So we can choose to live fully in the present, knowing that God will somehow, someway and always provide for the day we are living in. We can rid ourselves of the “what if’s” and even the “if only’s.”
That test result that you are waiting for? Gather and eat the manna for today. The worry that you allow to cloud over you about your finances? Gather and eat the manna for today. What if the surgery does not work? Gather and eat today’s manna.
I am going to try to concentrate on that one day’s supply of manna … now. And the beauty? God will provide me just enough for my tomorrow when I wake up in the morning.
God provided the manna then, and He is still in the business of providing it in our Today.
~Be Encouraged Today~