Promised Strength For today. 11/10/2014 (Morning thought)

Deuteronomy 33:25  Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.  26 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. 27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.

This passage of scripture tells us that God will give us strength sufficient for our needs on an ongoing basis, but it is allocated from day to day, and never given for the following weeks, months, or years. The reason for this is because we are not promised tomorrow, and therefore it is not necessary to grant grace in advance, for situations which may never occur. The Bible tells us that we have enough on our plate to deal with every day, and because we trust our lives and our future with God, we should not be overly concerned with tomorrow and its needs. This admonition coming from Christ must be observed at every step of advance, lest we become faint and weary by trying to solve monthly problems on a daily basis. Let's read:

Matthew 6:34 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.

One of the more prominent issues that often consume our energies and time is the paying of our mortgage or rent at the end of each month. With difficult financial circumstances to deal with, we often find ourselves living from pay check to pay check, with uncertainty hanging over our heads as to how the next month's obligations will be met. And because of this we end up losing sleep and worrying over situations we cannot change, instead of casting all our cares upon Jesus. Some of us as Christians find ourselves worrying way into the future, to the point where we cannot enjoy the blessings of today.

The fact is that when the Christian life, as outlined in the Bible, is properly understood and put into practice, it actually removes most of the worry and care that we often pile upon ourselves, because, as the passage for today rightly states, The Eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. It is satan's studied effort to harass the Christian with doubt, perplexity, and care so that the essence and joy of salvation is choked off, and in its place is installed pessimism, restlessness, undue worry, and furrowed brows, all of which tend to dampen the vibrancy, energy, and radiance which should characterize our lives, and be manifested in our facial expressions. The Bible puts it this way. Let's read:

Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

It is not the will of God that we should spend precious time worrying about our mortgage payments, rent, and other financial concerns, for they have the potential to run riot in our lives, thereby removing our focus off of the things that really matter, and thereby separating us from Christ and His word, which are the antidote to worry and fear. What we need first and foremost is Christ at the head and center of our lives and our priorities, and when this is put in place on a consistent basis, all of the other variables, and difficulties will fall into their rightful sphere, and will not usurp our God-given time and energies chasing an illusive dream.

As Christians we are not to live for the here and now, for there are much greater issues at stake, and eternal interests which should absorb our attention, whilst we can safely leave all our troubles at the feet of Jesus, where they really belong. God has promised not only to give us strength each day, but also to supply all of our needs, and therefore we should cultivate the habit of trusting His promises and His goodness, to the point where we can enjoy a good night's rest. Let's read:

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

So let us begin today by putting Christ first in our lives, seeking His face and doing His will, for by so doing we enter into the joys of His salvation. We therefore end with a passage of scripture which encourages us to trust and not to worry, for the promises of God stand firm forever, and what ever He promises us, He will perform when the conditions are fulfilled. Let's read:

Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on". ... 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 28 "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field" ... "shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? ...    "for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 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.

Let us therefore trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus. God bless!