You know…if I didn’t know better, I might think God doesn’t want us to get too far ahead of ourselves or ahead of Him.
Earlier this week, I ran across a couple of very familiar passages that reminded me that God’s intention has always been for us to rely on Him daily and not so much upon ourselves or our ability to map out our lives years down the road.
When Christ taught His disciples to pray, He included this, “Give us THIS day our daily bread” (Matt 6:11). When the Son prayed to the Father for food – an absolute essential for sustained life – He asked that the bread would come ON the day it was needed, and be enough ONLY for that day. The prayer acknowledges total dependence on God each and every day. No running to the grocery store and stocking up for weeks on end.
When the Psalmist described the guiding power of Scripture, he wrote, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105). We don’t relate well to this verse because we rarely carry lamps to light our way. However, in the ancient world, a lamp was the main source of illumination, but a typical lamp was powerful enough to only light the path a few feet in front of the traveler.
One day at a time; one step at a time – not very American – but very godly! –Dave
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