“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34)
Years ago a televised baseball game went into extra innings. NBC sportscaster Curt Gowdy announced: “The ‘Tonight Show’ has been canceled, the ‘Tomorrow Show’ will be seen later tonight and the ‘Today Show’ will be seen tomorrow.”
What is important to you today? When you got up this morning, did you immediately start thinking about what you had to do — TOMORROW? I’ve noticed that the devil uses this trap against me many times. He wants me to allow tomorrow to overshadow what I ought to be doing today.
Sooner or later (and for many of us probably sooner) — we will stand before the Lord. In fact, before 2014 is over, some of you who are reading this devotion will stand before God. The longer I live, the more I have come to believe that when I stand before God, things will look a lot different to me.
The things that I thought were important probably will not mean very much. I will not be concerned about what I have to do tomorrow. I will not consider my successes or failures. The things that the world says are important will not matter at all. Instead, I believe that the things I gave little thought to will seem so much more important.
I imagine I will think about the Christian testimony I might have given to my neighbor or the mailman or the girl at the checkout line at Food Lion. I imagine that I will think about the prayers I should have prayed for God’s work. I imagine that I will think about the missionaries I could have supported through my prayer life.
I imagine that within a few minutes of my arrival in heaven, I’ll be overwhelmed by the truth that I have always known, but never actually applied to my life. I’ll realize that the only things that really matter are the things that I do for the Lord. I don’t think it will be about how much I gave that mattered, but HOW I gave and how much I DIDN’T give.
When I get to heaven, perhaps I’ll wish that I could reclaim just a fraction of a second that I let slip through my fingers when I could have shared a word about my Lord with someone who was hurting. I will wish I had studied God’s Word more and and I will wish I had waited for the Lord in prayer.
Thankfully, the Bible says that God is going to wipe away all the tears from our eyes. The things that I regret will be wiped from my memory THEN. BUT NOW — I know I at least have a little more time to live in the here and now. I really don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow (Friday). But that’s not the tomorrow that really counts. I want to be busy for the Lord so that the ultimate tomorrow will be a happy time when I can present my rewards to my Lord Jesus Christ!
Instead of worrying about tomorrow — why not ask God to help you make TODAY count for Him!
Have a great Thursday.