One Day at a Time

Submitted by Evermore on Fri, 04/24/2020 - 9:26am

Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.  Matthew 6:34 

What a glorious day it was as the children of Israel walked out of Egypt, a free people.  Scholars estimated that there were 2.5 million Israelites that left Egypt that day. But Pharaoh changed his mind and pinned the Israelites against the Red Sea.  God showed up again as he parted the Red Sea and sent the Egyptians swimming once the Israelites were through.

Their journey continued into the desert.  You can only carry so much food so there came a time when the food ran out.  The desert doesn’t give a lot of options for a great meal.  The Israelites grumbled against God and Moses.   God heard them and sent them food. 

At night quail came and they ate meat and in the morning dew which was manna lay around the camp. It had to be eaten by morning because any leftovers would get worms and stink.  On Saturday they were to gather double because there wouldn’t be any there on the sabbath but some got nervous and disobeyed. 

“On the seventh day some of the people went out to gather, but they found none.”  God was angry that they didn’t follow the rules. If you wanted fed, you had to trust God and go one day at a time. They did this for forty years. God gave them enough for one day and they had to trust Him that there would be some the next day. The manna and quail were always there. 

One day at a time.  It is easy in the midst of this pandemic to look ahead.  What will happen tomorrow? When will we get back to normal?  What is the new normal? What if? Could this happen?  We can become anxious and consumed with trying to think about tomorrow. 

We learn from the children of Israel to take one day at a time.  Enjoy today.  Enjoy your family and friends.  Enjoy having more free time. Enjoy doing things that you haven’t been able to do for a long time.  Enjoy God for He will take care of tomorrow. 

Yes, at times we need to think about the future.  We need to make plans and be prepared. But not to the point where we get anxious or worried or fret.  God has tomorrow and He will take care of us, so enjoy today.  

It reminds me of an old song. 

One day at a time sweet Jesus, That's all I’m asking from you.
Give me the strength, To do everything what I have to do.
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus, And tomorrow may never be mine.
Help me today, show me the way, One day at a time.

- Ross