The Tabernacle Scroll

Issue 58

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6: 34).

When Jesus was saying not to worry about the next day, he was teaching the principle of living one day at a time. Apparently, ‘one day at a time’ is a slogan that is often given to recovering alcoholics. To think of having to stay sober for extended periods of time may seem impossible for them to achieve. So they are encouraged not to start out with the thought that they must stay sober forever – just for today. One day at a time!

It may not have struck you that living a worry-free life is God’s desire for his people. That’s why he often counsels us (his people) not to behave ‘as the pagans do’, whose lives are not governed by their trust in a sovereign, all-powerful and faithful God. We are called to trust in Him to provide for all our needs.

If we care to examine how important this aspect of living one day at a time is, we will observe that its theme runs right through Scripture. You may choose to study it for yourself. Consider for example how God supplied the Israelites with manna daily (Ex. 16:4). They were not to collect more than they needed. If they did it would rot. They were to rely on his provision on a daily basis. Consider that Jesus taught his disciples to ask for their “daily bread” (Matt 6:11) and to refuse to worry about tomorrow (v.34). Consider too that God’s mercies are new every morning. (Lam.3: 22-23). He does not give us ‘leftovers’ from the previous day. What comes from him is always fresh!

We are to trust him for daily provision in every area of our lives. When situations seem overwhelming and we find our selves drifting towards hopelessness, we are to call on Him. We need daily provision of his light and his strength. “Come to me all who labour and are heavy laden and I will refresh you”. Note too that whatever he has for us is absolutely free. If we don’t get, it is because we don’t ask or we ask amiss, with wrong motives (James).

It would be absurd for anyone to suggest that one should eat today for the whole year that is ahead! The food we eat for today is for today. Tomorrow we will need to eat again, because we will be hungry again. What is true in the natural is also true in the spiritual. God reminds us to trust Him - one day at a time. The Bible uses the term Faith. It tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God, and that it is on the basis of faith that righteousness is imputed to us! In fact it goes so far as to say that whatever does not come from faith is sin! That’s a sobering thought!

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