If Every Day We Try
In Proverbs 2:1-7 we read, “1 My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; 3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment, And lift up your voice for understanding, 4 If you seek her as silver, And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, And find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”
Here’s the thing we are all different around the globe, within our neighborhoods, within our country, I feel that is a fair statement. There is one thing we all share however, time, and we can’t change it, but we can choose individually what part of “our” time we keep our thoughts in. Three things about time never change, it contains yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The tricky one is “Today” because today can mean we can think in hours’ or minutes, during that twenty-four-hour period, or realize all we really have is right “now.” Now is a moment and as soon as we say it it’s gone just like us, we can be gone and will be gone, right now, at some point in time.
As human beings it can be a life jacket, or a weight around our neck. For believers it’s quite the weightlifter and relief, for we know God purposefully made a point of differentiating that His time and our time are not the same. In 2peter 3:8 (NLT)He tells us: “But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day.”
Could you image if we had a day last that long we have a tough enough time getting through one twenty-four-hour period. Our God knows all things including what we can handle which is why even within that 24 hours it’s broken down to seconds.People who struggle mentally, physically, even spiritually, a day can seem like forever, as proven by the suicide statistics in our present day.
According to World Health association 800,000 people die every year, which is one person every 40 seconds; staggering and so unacceptable. We need to stop the bullying through social media, schools, television, and general indifference that has become so acceptable, that it took numbers like these to start us, as a people, to defrost, and realize that numbing ourselves and sticking our heads in the sand, has aided in escalating these results to heights we would have never had thought fathomable.
We must give people tools to live in the now and learn that we can look back for reflection and correction, but we cannot undo what’s been done any more than we can know what tomorrow brings. Which is why God also said in the (NLT) Mathew 6:34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
So, if we all try to stay in the “Now,” we may accomplish more because we are present, and therefore not only able to see our life, but life happening in that moment. Granting us the opportunity to be alert to those around us and really see them and recognize they may need a smile, comfort, or perhaps a helping hand.
We are so caught up in our own worlds and circumstances we forgot that God wants us to give that stuff to Him, so we can love our neighbors as ourselves,(Paraphrase Mathew 22:39) lifting each other up, reminding one another we are not alone. As our Lord said: (“Mathew 11:28-30 NLT)” Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
This next scripture quote I hope will tie this all together in bringing hope, comfort and compassion to the forefront and put the light back into the darkness that seems to pop up during our daily lives.
James 3:13-18 New Living Translation (NLT)
13 If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you are bitterly jealous and there is selfish ambition in your heart, don’t cover up the truth with boasting and lying. 15 For jealousy and selfishness are not God’s kind of wisdom. Such things are earthly, unspiritual, and demonic. 16 For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind.
17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. 18 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.[a]
There is a difference between earthly wisdom and Godly wisdom. When we hear ourselves saying “Why can’t I figure this out?” or “I don’t know what I am supposed to do,” we are leaning on our carnal wisdom.
But when we hear our voice saying “God, what is it you want me to do?” or “Lord, grant me the discernment to figure this out,” then we are leaning on our Godly wisdom.
It is then that we know our Loving Father is in control of all consequences, and whatever follows will always be in our best interest We may not always like the outcome, but it’s always for our best. There is so much going on daily, things that are not only hard to digest, but for many Americans quite shocking.
From natural disasters, unconscionable numbers of suicides, to a broken system, like we’ve never seen before, it can seem grim. The reality is, we can help in making it better by partaking in the only true things that matter, to love our neighbors ourselves, and have unwavering faith that we’re in the only hands that can turn the darkness back to light,
So, I hope in the days ahead, we all remember who is asking the questions and guiding our steps, and if by chance the attacker tricks us and we hear ourselves saying “I,” we will remember to bow our heads, ask for forgiveness, and start over. Let us pray we all have a days filled with love, light, discernment, and wisdom. May our Heavenly Father continue to wrap us all in His loving embrace.
Seek the Lord Every Day
If every day we seek the Lord, in everything we do,
then all that is to follow
will be right and wise and true.
if every day we lean on God, no matter what we face,
without a doubt God’s mercy,
can never be erased.
if every day we ask our Father, what our task is for the day,
the one thing we can count on,
is that He will light our way.
if every day we give Him thanks for both the good and bad,
then by day’s end, to our surprise,
we somehow won’t be sad.
if every day we search God’s wisdom, with an understanding heart,
then there He’ll be by our side,
to ensure we’ll never part.
if every day we bow our heads and praise His Holy name,
then by His grace we can be sure,
eternal life remains……