Strength For The Day (#218)
Bible version used: NIV
God hath not promised skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways, all our lives through;
God hath not promised sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.
But God hath promised strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, light for the way,
Grace for the trials, help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, undying love.
--Annie Johnson Flint
Life is hard, even for one who follows Jesus.
Life is hard because we live and work in a fallen and twisted world. Every day we are confronted with a struggle against sin and the effects of sin in our lives.
God has promised strength to cope with these demands. But we have to turn to God to ask for such strength. As he provided each day anew for the Israelites in the wilderness, so does he provide for our needs-one day at a time, one thing at a time.
We cannot find this strength by filling up our spiritual tanks on Sunday and trying to make it to next Sunday. God's strength is given as we go along, with each task. And so we are left to live in continuous dependence on God-just where he wants us.
Morning prayers are not a place to visit and leave. That is where we are to live. And with practice, we will find that we are able to carry on ordinary tasks without leaving the presence of God. In God's presence, the ordinary things like child care and working for daily bread become holy.
Satan and the world we live in have a different agenda. They would have us squeeze God's place in our life down to the smallest possible piece-an hour on Sunday perhaps, or an occasional brief prayer. Satan's goal is to persuade us to get God out of government, schools, all public life, and out of our days.
But God says to us: No, I want all of you; heart, soul, mind and strength. You belong to me. I have all my gifts for you. Come to me for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
If you want God's strength, move into his presence and stay there. And when you drift from his presence, do not despair. Just quietly move back into the loving arms of our Father. He will never leave you to cope with life alone.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Cor. 10:31
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10