The alarm goes off, we drink our coffee, eat our breakfast of curds and whey, and go about the days business living with a carefree exuberance all the while having great expectations of what the future holds. We laugh, we joke, we have not a worry in the world as we live day by day watching the bluebirds flit to and fro amongst the cherry blossoms.
Yeah, I didn’t think so. The sun comes up, the sun goes down, night follows day, and day follows night. The alarm goes off, we drink our coffee, protein shake, eat our granola bars with a side of porridge that is never just right….it is always to hot or to cold. We go to work, go to school, clean the house, do the laundry, run the kids to practice, recitals, help with homework, feed the dogs; cats; or gerbils, fix supper, mow the yard, mend the fence, pay the bills……it goes on and on and on. The never ending litany of the things that compose the American Dream, or the Australian dream, or the Canadian dream though to be honest I have no first hand experience as to what others dream about.
However, we all have fears, dreams, hopes, and expectations that swirl around inside our head as we go about life living day by day. How often has a good mood on a bright sunshiny day been ruined by bad news? Or an ill timed word that didn’t just set right. How long did you ponder that last conversation, that slight at work, the bad grade on that all important test, or the burned toast left on the counter this morning? How high are our highs and how low are our lows? How often we dwell on the past, fear the future, and in the meantime forgetting some important truths.
Live day by day
We so often think our situation is unique though there is nothing new under the sun ( Ecclesiastes 1:9 ). We should never minimize the hurt of others, love them through their grief, help calm their fears, and support them through their trials ( after all it will someday be you or I who needs help) while reminding ourselves and them of some important truths.
We all need the gospel and to share what we all need we must know what it is. The Gospel, at its very core is the good news that Jesus Christ lived, died, and rose again for the forgiveness of sins and all who believe in Him will never perish but have everlasting life ( 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 john 3:16 ). For unbelievers confronted with this truth it entails a command to repent and believe for the forgiveness of sins ( acts 2:38 john 1:12 1 Peter 2:6 ) and for those who already confess Christ it serves as a reminder in whom they have believed ( 2 Timothy 1:12 Ephesians 1:19 john 1).
We must remember that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our lord, that through grace by faith we are saved, that we are sons of Abraham by faith, that our sins are forgiven, that we are members of His household adopted as sons and daughters, that we are being conformed to His image, that He is preparing a place for us, and that He will return to receive us unto Himself.
Now will this make your coffee taste better or your porridge the right temp? Nope sure won’t as you probably will have to enroll in some culinary classes to remedy that, but the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. – Romans 14:17.
Will this knowledge make all your troubles vanish? Most likely not, but
3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,
4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,
5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5
As we do live day by day we should give thanks in all things, cast our cares upon Him for He cares for us, and make our requests to Him through prayer. It is hard…..trust me I know. I am writing this as much for myself as for the two or three of you out there that may read this. Trusting in the Lord with all your heart is not always the easiest thing our weak flesh wants to do as we want to fix it ourselves, but that is exactly what we must do. We must pray that His will be done, that He will provide our daily bread, and that we can come before Him to receive mercy in times of need.
My prayer today is, ” Lord, I believe, help my unbelief ” and most likely will be my prayer tomorrow also. I am going to try and pray a little more, read His word a little more, love my neighbor a little more, love my wife as Christ loved the church a little more, and try to live daily before His face a little more. Not that this will make me any more saved or that He will love me any more because of it, but because I want to avail myself of the means He has provided for my benefit and in loving Him I want to keep His commandments.
So yeah, my coffee will still be bad, my toast will probably be burned, bills will still be on the counter, and tomorrow still holds the unknown but I can remind myself Who holds me in His hands and that He will never let me go regardless of what tomorrow brings. I pray you will do the same.