Standing Firm in Fearful Times

Living One Day at a Time

Sep 8, 2023

‚ÄúTherefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34, NIV)

Living in a fast-paced, goal-oriented society, it is very easy to get caught up in worries about the future. What will tomorrow bring? What if my plans fail? What if something unexpected happens? These questions plague our minds and rob us of our peace. Yet, Jesus provides a profound antidote to these worries in today’s scripture.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus makes a powerful appeal. He urges us not to worry about tomorrow, for each day has enough concerns of its own. Here, Christ is teaching us the practice of presence – focusing on the present and not getting overwhelmed by the uncertainty of the future.

It’s not that planning for the future is wrong, but when it leads to crippling anxiety, we miss the blessings of today. We are reminded that God, who cares for the sparrows and clothes the lilies of the field, is more than capable of taking care of our tomorrows. By instructing us to focus on today, Jesus is inviting us to trust God’s faithful provision and care.

When we entrust our future to God, we are able to give our full attention to today. Each day has its own responsibilities, its own joys, and its own challenges. By embracing the reality of each day, we are better equipped to deal with what comes our way, and we can see more clearly how God is working in our lives.

Living one day at a time is not a way of avoiding life’s challenges, but an invitation to live fully and deeply in the present. It’s about trusting God with our future, dealing with today’s problems today, and recognizing that God’s grace is sufficient for us. It’s an invitation to live by faith and not by fear.

Wonder in the Word

What changes can you make in your life to start living one day at a time, entrusting your future to God?