Does it ever amaze you how difficult it is to live out today, without worrying about tomorrow? God knew that this would be a struggle for each of us – hence the passage in Matthew 6, where Jesus tells His disciples (on the Mount) that they are not to be anxious.
“And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:27
I like to look at a situation as a whole, all the way to the end result that I’ve predicted/planned, and then work my way through each step until I meet my end goal. [I’m sure this is a pretty normal, logical way of thinking that you can probably relate to.] The only problem with this thought process is that it leaves no room for the unexpected… the surprises… the miracles. It does not keep me in complete dependence on God. I look to God for His direction, and then when I feel that I have it I act as if saying, “Ok, thanks God. I’ll take it from here.” Sound familiar?
And it’s when I “take it” from God that I begin to worry and be anxious about how all of the details will come together. How will I have what I need to complete this? How am I going to make this work to see the results that I’ve planned for? What if A, B, or C happens? That would completely derail me! I know you know what I’m talking about… we all do it!
We know that we have grace. And grace will be what enables us to complete what God purposes for our lives. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.'” We love to quote this verse when we’re in the midst of adversity, or some trial, as Paul was in this context. But it is still true even in the good, peaceful moments as well. [His grace is sufficient!]
Let’s put together these two truths that we’ve looked at – we are not to worry about tomorrow (Matt. 6:25-34), and God’s grace is sufficient for us (2 Cor. 12:9). Logically, we can conclude that God gives us sufficient grace for today. My Heavenly Father is not concerned with giving me grace for my completed plans. He wants to bless me with enough grace for TODAY! For whatever ups & downs I will face right now. And when tomorrow comes, He will do it all over again.
Are you still with me? Having this mindset will change your life! It has certainly changed mine. It means I can be confident that I have all that I need from Him to live today – and to live in abundance! It means that I truly don’t need to be concerned with how I will get to my next finish line. He’s got it covered. And [my favorite part], it means that He has room to work miracles and great blessings into my life. Awesome! I mean, come on, who doesn’t want to see something miraculous??
God wants to do that for you – He enjoys doing that for you – if you’ll give Him the space. And you do that by walking in your sufficient grace-gift today.
I am living with some major question marks right now, and some days I kick grace to the curb and wallow in worry. (Yesterday was one of those days…) And then my Great Comforter, the Holy Spirit, gently reminds me of all that I just shared with you. And it is a beautiful, sweet freedom that comes over me like a wave. Hello grace! Welcome back to my mind! Sorry that I wandered away. I’m ready to enjoy your goodness again. Worry has no business in God’s house. Anxiety has no control over what belongs to the Almighty. And that’s me. And you too.
Remember that you have all the grace you need for your life today! Don’t worry about tomorrow – He’ll give you enough grace when that day comes, too. He promises!
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
I’m holding tightly to this promise, and I have no idea how He’s going to work it all out, but I’m excited to see what miracles He has in store for me. How about you? What areas in your life are you still waiting on His answer? How can you walk in grace while you wait?