Bible Ballistics: BBs #176 This Is The Day–Today!!!
“This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
A simple and familiar verse from the Psalms, which I would like us to ponder today. We live in such a ‘high-speed’ culture; its rush here, rush there, and plan for the future do everything in ‘fast-forward’. Yet God calls us to a different focus. To live for ‘Today’!!!
“This is the day” we are to live in—yesterday is gone forever, and tomorrow may never come. If we fail to live in today, today, when will we live it? Our call is to live for our Lord Jesus today—“This is the day which the Lord hath made”! I am to rejoice in ‘Today’—not tomorrow. I am to rejoice in ‘Today’—not yesterday—although we are to take comfort and understanding from the things we learned yesterday!
What else does God have to say about today?
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
We choose each ‘today’ whom we will serve—it’s a choice we make each day—‘today’, and ‘today’ and ‘today’!! The choice is ours even when we think we’re not choosing we choose to serve our fleshly passions, our anger our resentment? Will we serve money, power or fame? Or will we serve God and then in serving God, serve others, or do we use God and others to serve ourselves?
Jesus gave us some clear instructions about living in ‘today’—not the past or the future—and trusting our God for His faithful provision in the ‘here and now’, as well as the then and there!
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11
We are to trust in God’s provision for ‘TODAY’. Now don’t misunderstand, scripture also teaches us that we are to work diligently and exercise good stewardship with our finances by wise planning, and we are not to be negligent in financial responsibility, or meeting our obligations, but our focus is to be on God—living for Him today and trusting yesterday and tomorrow to HIM!
“For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.” 1 Thessalonians 3:10-12
“But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” 1 Timothy 5:8
Therefore, we should to be diligent to carry out our personal responsibility, and provide for those under our care, but by the same token we are to be focused on our Lord and trust to His direction and provision for our lives ‘today’.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
So??? Here’s our shot for today. Live today to the fullest in the power of our Lord. Trust to His care and provision and don’t fret over tomorrow, or drown in regrets over yesterday!!!
“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:33-34