Daily Thought for: 4th May
TAKE...NO THOUGHT FOR THE MORROW
Matthew 6. 34; James 4. 13-15
The verses we are considering today give us two important principles for healthy, godly living in this world:
1) Learn to live one day at a time.
Regarding this first principle, the human race seems to be pre-occupied with the cares of tomorrow. People get concerned about things that might never happen, and worry about needs that might never arise. Such pre-occupation produces mental, physical and spiritual problems which sap the joy out of life, and replace it with futile anxious care. Is this the way that our heavenly Father intended us to live? Surely not! We must learn to live one day at a time, and to trust Him for each need that might arise.
2) Plan in the will of God.
James stresses the brevity of life, and the foolishness of making plans for days that we might never have. The Lord told the story about the rich fool who had great success in his business life, and was making elaborate plans for a luxurious retirement. It was then that God stepped in and said, ‘Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?’ Luke 12. 20. What was the problem here? Did God begrudge him success in business, or his well-deserved retirement? No! His fault was that he had made all these plans without taking the will of God into consideration. All his plans had to do with his own will, to the exclusion of the will of God. That was the issue. Not that he was successful, or that he should not enjoy his retirement. How important it is for those who believe to be sensitive to the will of God for our lives, and to live within that sphere at all times. We must not presume on days ahead, but plan in deference to His will at all times. This will preserve us from engaging ourselves in things that will not profit us in the eternal sense. Concerning his accumulated wealth, God said to the rich fool, ‘and whose shall those things be?’ They certainly would not be his, but would belong to others. May the Lord grant us that peace of mind that comes from living one day at a time, in the will of God, and with eternity in mind.