ONE DAY AT A TIME
by Ezekiel Olukolajo
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ONE DAY AT A TIME
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. Matthew 6:34;
And Moses said ‘let no one leave any of it till morning.’ Notwithstanding they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it [the manna] until morning, and it bred worms and stank. And Moses was angry with them. Genesis 16:19-20;
There is that tendency for us as natural man to be bothered about tomorrow and its uncertainties. Every one of us usually wants to ensure that we gather what we need not only for today but also for tomorrow and if possible for many years to come. The cares of tomorrow have taken over our thoughts so much that our hearts become seriously charged and we start to bear the pains and burdens of tomorrow when it has not even reached us.
The fact is that an average human being would ever be bothered about tomorrow and its uncertainties. However, for those of us who have been regenerated through Christ, the instructions of God on how we can live stress-free life that God designed for us are clear.
From the beginning God has not left us in doubt on how He wants us to live in this world as His dear children. For instance during many years of sojourn of the children of Israel in the wilderness, God provided manna in abundance to feed the people but with an express instruction that they should not keep it till the following day. They were only permitted to gather from the field as much as would be enough for them and their household to feed for each day. No storage in any form was allowed for the following days.
Out of disobedience however, many of them who attempted to store the manna for the following days were greatly disappointed to find out that it bred maggots and stank. The manna became useless and worthless to them the following day no matter the method of preservation adopted.
What could have prompted the people to attempt to store the manna for the following days? Firstly, it appears they were afraid that it may not be available on the field the next day. You would agree with me that if they had the firm assurance that it would always be available for them on the field each day, there would be no need for them to attempt to store it, since they could get it anytime any day. However, fear and lack of trust in God drove them to gather the manna for the following day. They did not believe that God was able to meet the needs of each day but rather trusted their own abilities to provide for the morrow by themselves. But what was the outcome? The manna bred worms overnight and stank!
Ordinarily without any form of preservation, it should take average of two to three days for such food item to get rotten and breed maggots; but the manna bred maggots overnight each time the people attempted to store it! God wanted them to learn how to trust Him for each day and that was why he did not permit them to store the manna for the following days. He wanted them to keep their eyes up on Him everyday and have that assurance in Him that He would be able to meet the needs of each day of their lives. When fear, anxieties or worries about tomorrow take over our lives, it is a sign that we lack trust in the Almighty God.
It is interesting to discover that on day preceding the Sabbath, the children of Israel were permitted to gather manna that would be sufficient for two days since they were not expected to go out on the field on Sabbath day. On that condition alone, the manna did not breed maggots or stink. Out of disobedience however, some of them rather than observing the day of rest as instructed by God, chose to go out in search of manna. They were however frustrated as they discovered that no single manna was available on the field. God wanted to give rest to the people from their labours and therefore gave them two days’ portions in a day but their disobedience robbed them of the rest God wanted to give them. They chose to subject themselves to untold hardships as they embarked on fruitless search for manna while they were supposed to be at rest.
Is it not surprising that men have willfully rejected the true Sabbath, which is the rest made available through Jesus Christ the Lord of the Sabbath, but have subjected their lives to needless pains and fruitless labour? Unless we embrace the true rest God provides through the atoning blood of Jesus Christ, we are bound to roam the fields of life in vain search of satisfaction and fulfillment for our souls. God still gives rest to those who would put their trust in Him even in the midst of chaos and uncertainties of life.
God’s principles for a joyful life were further revealed when Christ taught the disciples to pray ‘GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD’. What about tomorrow? We may question in our mind. It is not wrong to have precise plans and visions for tomorrow but the Lord by this instruction, is emphasizing to us the need to ensure that the burdens and cares of tomorrow do not kill us today. Our hearts must not at anytime be preoccupied with the cares and worries of tomorrow-what to eat, what to wear and so on, so much that we miss the very essence of our existence. Life is more than food and body more than raiment.
A lot of people are groaning and dying under the heavy burdens of worries for tomorrow. They are so anxious about tomorrow and its uncertainties that God no longer has a place in their hearts. The cares of tomorrow have succeeded in overthrowing their love and affection for God and His kingdom. It ought not to be so.
The secret of true rest is to live one day at a time. Our hearts can only know peace when nothing else but God controls it. Our hearts are supposed to be God’s abode and not harbour room for worries, anxieties, cares of the world and deceitfulness of riches. Why don’t we take thought for the most important thing which is our eternity and trust our tomorrow into God’s unfailing arms? We may not know what tomorrow may bring but we should be sure of this one thing: it does not matter what the future brings, the everlasting arms of the Almighty God will always be there to direct the tides in our favour. This conviction must be entrenched in our being. ‘For all things work together for the good of them that love God and who are the called according to His purpose’. Amen. Let us live one day at a time.
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Ezekiel, you know, most of us at FaithWriters have never met each other in person. As I was reading this, and the others of yours, I was thinking how much wisdom you seem to have in matters of Biblical principles and truth. It occured to me you must spend a lot of time praying and studying, for your writing gives you away. Thanks for sharing.