Monday, May 9, 2011

Enough for the day

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6.

Latley I find myself worrying about the future. Will we have enough money in 2 weeks to buy groceries. Will we have enough gas in the car to get through until the next payday. What will happen if/when our car needs repairs. These worries are about money but there are other worries in my life, such as will my kids see Jesus through me and want to accept Him in their hearts too, and will we ever get a house. Also how do I get out of my shyness, I want to be who Jesus wants me to be NOW not wait, not have to work for it just NOW.

Then the Lord said to Moses, I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. Exodus 16:4.

The Isrealites worried, they worried about EVERYTHING. Every day God provided them enough food for that day. Only on the 6th day were they instructed to pick extra because God told them to rest on the Sabbath. As I was reading this God and I shared a moment. He showed me that I worry about tomorrow a lot. While I'm worrying about tomorrow I miss what's right in front of me. His blessings for today. I miss the fact that He provided us 50 free diapers from my mom searching craigs list on a whim. I miss that He showed me my husband actually sits down and prays and has his quiet time with God every day.

Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow, tomorrow has enough trouble of it's own. We're supposed to live right now, God knows what we need and He will provide. We shouldn't spend our days in worry that's how we miss what's right in front of us.

So my prayer every day has grown in to this: Lord provide for today. I want to rest in your strength today, your love today. Give me enough food for today, enough safety for today. I don't know what will happen tomorrow but you do so I trust You and rest in You. Thank you for providing for this day. I won't be overwhelmed with the needs of tomorrow, I look to you for today. Thank you Jesus.

Do you have a need you're looking to for the future? So much so that you're missing what's right in front of you for today? Take it to God in prayer, ask Him to take that worry so you won't miss what He has for you today. I don't want to miss a single blessing He provides today.


Jenifer said...

It can be so easy to worry about the tomorrows of life and miss what God is doing today. I don't want to miss His blessings of today. I want to focus on today and give Him the future. Great post!

Deane said...

Do we have enough faith that we can just live day by day? That is my hope for me. All these years God has taken care of me and my family, shouldn't I just give Him the praise He so deserves? Thanks for a great post. Blessings to you and your family.

Lisa said...

I think this is something we all worry about - the future. But like you said, when we worry about tomorrow, we miss what God has for us today. I love your prayer! I want to trust God to provide for today and let Him take care of tomorrow.

Allison said...

Amen! One day at a time...He's God of today and tomorrow and He'll take care of tomorrow...tomorrow!

Kelli said...

Worrying is such an easy thing to do. Lord, please help me not to worry about tomorrow. I like when you compared us to the Israelites..."The Isrealites worried, they worried about EVERYTHING. Every day God provided them enough food for that day." Thats how we should be...looking to God for everything and trusting he will provide!

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

Amen Mandy! This is a truth that we all miss upon occasion. With all the emphasis on planning for the future, we rush through life in many cases missing the "little" Blessings that are all around us every single day.

He is always by our sides... Today, as well as tomorrow. :-)

Have a Blessed Day!