Just focus on today

16 08 2011

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Two incredible realities: I may cast my concerns onto God, and He cares enough to receive them. But my care-casting will be limited unless I truly acknowledge that the “mighty hand of God” sovereignly directs my circumstances. God knows where I am and what I am facing. My situation is no mystery to Him.

In a similar vein, Jesus taught us (in Matthew 6:34) to see today (not this week, or year, but today) as a manageable portion to apply our trust to the mighty hand of God. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will be there with its own manageable portion. “Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” The measure of a day is a gift of God to help us focus our faith on a reasonable amount of concern and work. Worry results from grabbing concerns beyond today.

God gives me the energy I need to accomplish His will today. I could wish for more, but that is not His assignment. God gives me all the time I need to accomplish His will today. Again, I could wish for more, but that is not His assignment.

In fact, who knows but I might throw into misalignment His allotment if I strive to be or do more than my portion. My weakness may be the occasion for someone else to be strong. That which I don’t accomplish may create opportunity for another to minister.

Is this an excuse for mediocrity? No. Rather, it is an invitation to contentment and trust.


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