Standing in the gap?

February 22, 2019

 

     

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we take today’s problems one by one, instead of diving into the things in this life that concern us tomorrow, are we taking best way to avoid having all the troubles in life collapsing on us at the same time?

 

My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

Being able to see around the corners of this life, the places where things that will happen, do happen, is a national pastime of sorts. Books on prophecy, ouija boards, taro cards and the like have been around a long time and they are still popular today. Many people just aren’t very comfortable not being able to see around life’s corners. 

 

We spend a lot of effort trying to keep tabs on tomorrow. We speculate and gamble on outcomes; all in the hope that we can somehow predict what successes or failures tomorrow will bring. In a sense, we aren’t satisfied with the mere challenge of facing what today holds in store. We’d rather pile on top of it what tomorrow might bring as well. 

 

Taking today’s problems one by one, instead of diving into the things in this life that concern us tomorrow, is the best way of avoiding have all the troubles in life collapsing on us at the same time. In 480 B.C. the outmanned army of Sparta’s King Leonidas held off the Persian troops of Xerxes by fighting them one at a time as they came through a narrow mountain pass. Commenting on this strategy, C.H. Spurgeon said, “Suppose Leonidas and his handful of men had gone out into the wide-open plain and attacked the Persians--why, they would have died at once, even though they might have fought like lions.” Spurgeon continued by saying that Christians stand in the narrow pass of today. If they choose to battle every difficulty at once, they’re sure to suffer defeat. But if they trust God and take their troubles one by one, they will find that their strength is sufficient. (Source Unknown) 

 

The problem with worrying about tomorrow is that it empties today of its strength not of its troubles. Today is the time and place that God has given each of us to deal with the issues of this life--one task at a time. The Bible tells us that “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?”(Proverbs 20:24) It is not given to us to know tomorrow. That is God’s realm, not ours. He knows that today is all we are designed for and tomorrow will only confuse and even push us off course. Taking on today’s problems one at a time assures us of a tomorrow free from worry. 

 

We pray. Lord Jesus, the stresses in our lives often reach a dangerous proportion—or so it seems. Our body, mind, and spirit struggle to keep up physically, mentally, and yes, spiritually. Some days anxiety stalks us like a deceitful predator, and the temptation to worry draws us in. We know better, but some days the challenges outweigh the truths buried inside. Our trust in You fades into the background, giving fear and concerns permission to discourage us. Help us to stand in the gap of our problems, and not in the plain.

 In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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