It’s a new year and people make resolutions that often don’t last very long into it. In reality, New Year’s Day is no different than any other day, except it requires a new calendar. We don’t live one year at a time. More practically, we live a day at a time. God has promised help in dealing with grief and other painful experiences in our lives, but He doesn’t give us a year’s supply for the new year.
God offers resources for each day:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“As your day so shall your strength be.” Deuteronomy 33:25b
I have heard it said, “Today is the tomorrow I worried about yesterday.” In one sense tomorrow never comes. It is always “today” and that is what God wants us to understand. When “tomorrow” comes around it will again be “today” and God will provide what we need for each new day.
In the Lord’s Prayer we are taught to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread”… not weekly or monthly.
A verse of a popular gospel song, “One Day at a Time”, states it well:
One day at a time, sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking from You.
Give me the strength to do every day what I have to do.
Yesterday's gone, sweet Jesus, and tomorrow may never be mine.
So for my sake, teach me to take one day at a time.*
We can’t stockpile God’s provisions. That’s a good thing, for it requires us to have daily contact with Him.
Remember, we need God more than the things He can give us.
*Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC. Universal Music Publishing Group