Surviving one day at a time

Matthew 6:34

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.

Today’s trouble is enough for today.

What if I lose my loved ones someday? What if I get sick someday? What if my children get stuck with the wrong crowd? What if my prayers are never answered? All these what if’s questions about the future are very crippling to our mind. It kills our confidence and joy faster than the speed of lighting. They rob us of our faith.

All too often our worries begin when we think negatively about what the future will hold. It is darn right difficult to think about anything uncertain. No one really knows what tomorrow holds. I know so many people who lost their loved ones without warnings. But if we look deeper we will see that along with life’s difficulties, comes the grace of God that is sufficient. If we look back into the difficult things that have happened in our past, we will see that we have survived them. The proof of this is we are still alive and well, aren’t we?

The bible teaches us to not worry about tomorrow. Instead, it is telling us to focus on surviving life one day at a time. I believe God gives His grace on a daily basis. This is why we are broken to pieces when we start worrying about the future. Because tomorrow’s grace has not been given to us yet. Surely, God approves of us making good plans for tomorrow and the future. He wants us to plan ahead for success, but what He doesn’t want us to do is worry about the future.

The bible says in Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength,

      always ready to help in times of trouble.” Corrie Ten Boom was in the concentration camp when she had a panic attack. This Dutch lady had been captured by the Nazis for her brave act of saving the Jews. She had witnessed the murder of her father and sister while being treated horribly herself. Her panic attack came so strong that she backed up against the wall while thinking she could not take it anymore. Right then, God spoke to her in an unusual way, she noticed an ant crawling out of the ant hole and walking towards a puddle of water. As the ant stepped its foot on the water, it quickly felt the danger and ran back into the ant hole for safety. Corrie remembered Psalms 46:1 and felt that God was telling her that just like that ant, she may not have the strength and faith to get through her ordeal, but she can always run to a safety divine hole where she can find refuge and strength. Because God is always ready to help in times of trouble. Corrie eventually survived the concentration camp and was released. She later told journalists that taking it one day at a time by God’s grace and help was how she could survive.

It is the same with us. We may not be in a war concentration camp, but perhaps we’re a prisoner of something else. We should take it on a 24 hours basis. It is good to seek refuge and strength in God. Be careful not to walk away from that safety hole. Wake up each day, put on God’s grace, acknowledge that God’s grace is given to us this day for us to survive anything life will bring for the next 24 hours. Think positively during the day, declaring God’s promises in the bible. Some estimated around 8,000-13,000 promises can be found in the bible. Surely, we can memorize 10-15 of them and speak them repetitively to encourage our faith. And at the end of the day, remember to surrender every care unto Him who is faithful, and thank him for helping us survive one day. And look forward to another day full of God’s grace and favor.

Surely goodness and unfailing love will pursue me

      all the days of my life – Psalm of David