“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
– Matthew 6:34 NASB
Jesus is here teaching us to take one day at a time. That’s how we’re approaching our devotion to Christ in these blog posts: in daily increments. Of course, we want to live our whole lives for Christ, but any life lived well is lived in a steady daily direction. And since this series of posts is titled “Daily Devotion to Jesus Christ,” it’s clear that we’re seeking to express our devotion to Him one day at a time.
In His wisdom, God designed life so that it has to be lived one day at a time. We see this in the very first chapter of the very first book of the Bible. In that first chapter, God divided His creative activity into days. He did this on one day, and that on another. As the consummate part of that daily activity, “He made man in His image.” Thus God divided life into subsets of days even before He brought us on the scene. And thus the punctuation of life by days is inherent in the very design of creation.
Even if, however, we did not have the book of Genesis, we would still know that we have to live life one day at a time because of our need for sleep. God could have designed life so that we never slept. Instead, He crafted it so that about one-third of every twenty-four hour period would have to be given over to sleep – thus providing a clear distinction between one period of living and the next.
Why might God have made life a series of days instead of one very long day? Jesus is making clear in His teaching above that this is God’s way of allowing us to more easily manage our lives. It’s easier to focus on how to live today if we don’t have to figure out how to live tomorrow – and all our tomorrow’s – simultaneously.
Therefore, when you pray each day, don’t let the worries of tomorrow bleed into the concerns of today. Focus on what you need from God today – and today only. You’ll be less distracted that way.
(Remember that prayer is more about listening than talking. Use the words below to start yourself, but then allow time to reflect more on the Scripture above before you say the “Amen.” During that time of quiet reflection, let God shape your thoughts and wait for a sense of peace to come. That’s your signal to say “Amen” and go forth to the day.)
Jesus my Lord, thank You for giving life to me in manageable units. My questions to You today have only to do with today; I’ll ask You tomorrow what pertains to tomorrow…(this is where you remain quiet in order to let Him work in your thoughts)… Amen.