Matthew 6:34 “So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow too. Live one day at a time.”
A Seminary Professor, beloved by many, received the devastating news of being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and given a life expectancy of six months. In his hospital room, he cried out to God, praying for guidance and peace just for that day. As he sought solace, the Holy Spirit led him to the passage where the apostle Paul pleaded with God three times to remove a physical affliction he referred to as a “thorn in his flesh.”
Paul proclaimed that God’s grace was sufficient, and His power was strongest in moments of weakness. This revelation transformed the way the Professor approached each day, understanding that dying grace is only given on dying days and that he should live one day at a time.
With God’s grace and goodness, the Professor resumed his role at the Seminary, imparting knowledge and passion to future pastors, missionaries, and evangelists for the next three years. During this time, he also started a ministry to support hospice patients, counselling thousands of individuals to embrace each day and rely on God’s sufficient grace and strength in times of weakness. Every day became a precious gift from God.
While you may not have experienced a terminal illness or a limited timeframe, the reality is that we all live with borrowed time. God intentionally designed each day as a 24-hour period, with a clear beginning and end. It is within this framework that we encounter life and encounter God, appreciating the gift of each day as a new treasure.
Are you living in the present, embracing each day, or are you consumed by future anxieties, missing out on the gift of today? Perhaps past regrets weigh heavily on you, preventing you from fully enjoying the present.
Jesus, understanding our tendency to worry about the past or future, emphasized the importance of living one day at a time during His Sermon on the Mount. He encouraged His followers not to be anxious about tomorrow, assuring them that God would take care of their needs.
Worrying about the future is like expending energy without any progress. It only depletes our resources and doesn’t lead us anywhere. It has been said that the average person crucifies themselves between the regrets of yesterday and the worries about tomorrow. Are these thieves robbing you of the blessings of today?
Similar to Paul’s experience, God promises His grace to each of us on a daily basis, providing what is needed in the present moment. Therefore, there is no need to be anxious about tomorrow, as God will take care of it. By embracing the one-day way of living, we can experience God’s grace and power in our moments of weakness.