Wednesday, June 21, 2023

Orange Moon Wednesday, June 21, 2023 "This Day"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"This Day"   

      Too many matters of consequence confront us in the present to allow concerns for the future to control us.  The Lord Jesus Christ spoke plainly to the dire necessity of realizing that issues of today must take priority over insecurities of tomorrow.

     "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).

    Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ rightly plan and prepare for our tomorrows, as the Word of God commands (Proverbs 24:27).  However, our proper preparations for tomorrow must not distract us from the opportunities and challenges that presently lie before us.  "Will I trust and obey God today?  Will I love Him and others in this hour?  Will I lay my head on the pillow tonight, having lived this day in a manner that honors my Lord and pleases Him?"  These must be the prevailing questions that greatly fortify our hearts to overcome paralyzing concerns for the future.  Indeed, we cannot trust and obey God tomorrow until we get there.  Only the day at hand offers such opportunity and responsibility.  "Now the just shall live by faith" (Hebrews 10:38; emphasis added).

     "Choose you this day whom ye will serve" (Joshua 24:14).   Joshua's admonition to Israel speaks through the ages to all who seek to walk with God.  This day.  No believer ever trusted and obeyed God today if he embraced thoughts of fear and uncertainty regarding tomorrow.  Certainly, we will be tempted by notions of insecurity that challenge our minds and hearts.  The life of faith does not involve the absence of such trepidations, but rather the overcoming of them.  "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3).  To serve God in this day will involve many occasions in which we view fear about tomorrow as opportunity to serve God by a decisive and present trust in Him.  Indeed, a believer overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God will find himself enabled by the Holy Spirit to not be overwhelmed by fears of this present world.  Thereby, he will greatly honor his God.  "Glorify ye the Lord in the fires" (Isaiah 24:15).

   "Take no thought for the morrow."  Our spiritual enemies will offer us many.  They will do so in ways that involve what we feel, as well as what we think.  Thus, we expect the challenge, and look to our Lord for the grace to overcome.  This day matters greatly in the context of both time and eternity.  Let us us therefore not wander into a tomorrow we have no need to fear since we will find our Heavenly Father awaiting us when we arrive.  This is the day, the only day of which we are assured in this present life, and the only day wherein we can honor, please, trust, and obey our God.  Yes, today bears too much consequence for believers to disobey our Lord by taking fearful and paralyzing thoughts for the morrow.

"This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."
(I John 5:4)

Weekly Memory Verse
     Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption, that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
(I Corinthians 1:30)





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