A CLOSER WALK
by Pastor Bill Meadows
“Give us day by day our daily bread” (Lk.11:3).
One day at a time should be the principle which we all need to live in these days.
One step should be enough for you and me at one time. Here we can find the secret of life and at the same time master this life in which we live..
Most of us face days which are so busy that we hardly see how we can get all in that we need to do in that one day. We can feel the pressure of unfinished tasks. The accumulation of tomorrow’s duties added to those of today are often too much for us.
Surely God never intend this to be so. He meant for us to have time for our task and strength for our burdens. This principle of living one day at a time runs throughout Jesus’ teaching. In our Lord’s Prayer we find it reflected when he prayed, “Give us this day our daily bread.” In fact, this is all the bread we need today. Jesus asks us to pray only for this day’s bread. It is the only kind of bread we need and possible eat.
“This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps.118:24). David was saying one day at a time is all that we all need. The truth is that one day at a time is all we can manage.
Let us look at this principle.
In the first place, a day at a time, is all we have. It is foolish to worry about tomorrow, for we do not know we will have it to live. Only today confronts us.
Look at what Thomas Carlyle says: “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” That was his secret, the secret which enabled him to become to the most famous physician of his generation.
Next, a day at a time, is not only all we have, but it is all we can manage. William Osler said this, “The load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried today, makes the strongest falter.”
Jesus was thinking of this when He said, “Take therefore no though for the morrow: for the Morrow shall take though for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt.6:34). He is saying to take it as it comes. It is all we can manage. Certainly he was not counseling us to forget the demands of tomorrow and not plan for the future. When Jesus said: “Take therefore no though for the morrow”, he did not mean that we should not take out insurance against old age, nor that we should fail to lay aside money for when we get old, “NO!”
Finally, one day at a time is not only all we have, all we can manage, but it is all we need. It the main purpose of life is to find God and be found by Him, then one day is all we need. This is the day, let us rejoice and be glad of it and let us not let it pass without coming close to God.
How can I approach one so good, so perfect? He asks so much of us. He speaks of perfection. All that God asks of us is that we take one step and follow the light we have toward him, and then further light will break forth on our pathway.
This is the day which the Lord hath made: let us rejoice and be glad. Live one day at a time, for it is all we really do have.
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