As I focus on His words, I realize that my troubles today are all about my problems tomorrow, and I wonder how I can be free of worry and anxiety today if I don’t know how to address tomorrow’s circumstances.
But as a follower of Jesus, I must give up my worries about tomorrow because I’m convinced that Jesus will meet every need I have today.
No matter what lies ahead, my Sovereign Lord will meet me today with His moment by moment presence. I thank and praise Him for meeting my every need with His power, His presence, His love, and His abounding grace.
The Apostle Paul cries out to God about the difficulties he wanted removed, and God responded with “‘My grace is sufficient for you (2 Corinthians 12:9)’” in tomorrow’s troubles.
He gives us His presence and His power, not only tomorrow but today.
Our Lord’s grace in the form of His presence and power are always for the present moment. No matter the victory, success, or suffering, the Holy Spirit wants us to see God’s presence as seen and experienced by the Apostle Paul.
“… for I know that through your prayers and God’s provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” –Philippians 1:19-21
Through our present circumstances—good, bad or ugly—our Lord wants us to see the manifestation of the risen Christ in our life or death. If we live through the good, bad, and ugly circumstances, to God be the glory. If we die today, it means we enter into the presence of our Lord and Savior.
If we live for today, our driving agenda is to live for Christ. As we live for Christ, it may cost us our lives, but that is OK because “to die is gain (Philippians 1:21).” Ultimately, we’ll be in the presence of the King of Glory.
This should motivate us to passionately and fully live out today for the glory of God our Father regardless of the cost.
“‘To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne.’” –Revelation 3:21
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John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.