TOMORROW “WORTH CONSIDERING” 10/28/21 From Ken Smith<><
Received today from a church in Texas….
The LORD will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever.
(Psalm 138:8, NLT)
When Moses led the two million Israelites out of slavery into the desert and toward the Promised Land, I can imagine them asking him, “What route are we going to take? Where are we going to get food and water? How will we protect ourselves?” Moses answered, “I don’t know.” Just because you don’t know how something is going to work out doesn’t mean God doesn’t have a plan. Moses had such a trust in God that he was comfortable not knowing. He took it one step of faith at a time. When we’re trying to figure everything out and manipulate a solution, we’re being God. It’s very freeing when you learn this principle that it’s okay to say as Moses did, “I don’t know how it’s going to work out, but I’m at peace.” You’re taking yourself off the throne and putting God on the throne. Take the pressure off. You don’t have to know; God knows. He will work out His plan and get you to where you’re supposed to be.
A Prayer for Today
“Father, thank You that what lies ahead and is unknown to me is well known to You. I choose to rely on Your strength and Your Word to guide me step by step. I trust that You will go before me with Your plan and get me to where I’m supposed to be. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”
While it is very true that God has a wonderful plan for our lives in our existence and creation. But finding it is still on us. It is on the basis of our faith that there is “Intelligent Design. And that our Creator has the ability to count the hairs on our head and with absolute foreknowledge know exactly what you are going to do with your privilege of life from before matter was even created from HIS unlimited power. So God has woven your decisions, even prior to your birth, into HIS plans for you. So HE is absolutely sure of the future and those who are his, but we, locked in time, are not, and are working it out. He never manipulates or violates our freewill because it is the only way that LOVE can be real. So you are totally responsible for your decisions before God. And in the end He secures exactly what HE wanted to happen for HIS Family.
Reminds me of a vision that a person shared with me long ago. He shared that he saw himself as a large diamond but uncut. But it was up to him as to what happens to his stone. Whether he cared for it or tossed it at tin cans. And even though a diamond is hard it can easily be chipped and damaged. That is the reason that most diamonds are very small. As each time it is thrown or tossed a diamond can chip and the stone becomes smaller and limits the size of the stone for the final cutting and polishing to bring out the glory its reflective beauty. So it is best if our stone is submitted to our creator for safe keeping as soon as possible so as to experience less damage. Jesus came to teach us these facts. We can do nothing about yesterday, and we can not live in tomorrow as it is not here. But we do have today to send up faithful prayers for God’s Grace to help us through this one day and offer back the Life that God has given us for HIS glory an as a beautiful addition to HIS Eternal Kingdom Family of Righteousness.
So Jesus taught us a different way to approach things Matt. 6:29-34, “ Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [a] magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? 32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. 33 But seek ([b] aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([c] His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [d] taken together will be given you besides. 34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.
James, (The Less) son of Mary & Joseph who grew up with Jesus teaches it this way. James 4:12-14, One only is the Lawgiver and Judge Who is able to save and to destroy [the One Who has the absolute power of life and death]. [But you] who are you that [you presume to] pass judgment on your neighbor? 13 Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a city and spend a year there and carry on our business and make money. 14 Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen tomorrow. What is the nature of your life? You are [really] but a wisp of vapor (a puff of smoke, a mist) that is visible for a little while and then disappears [into thin air].
So the bottom line principle is that today is the 1st day of the rest of your life. So fill it with obedience and humility in the Word of God so you can send it on ahead into the Kingdom of God, 1 Cor.3:11-15, “ For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 12 But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done. 14 If the work which any person has built on this Foundation [any product of his efforts whatever] survives [this test], he will get his reward. 15 But if any person’s work is burned up [under the test], he will suffer the loss [of it all, losing his reward], though he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has passed] through fire. And in Rev. 3:17-20, “For you say, I am rich; I have prospered and grown wealthy, and I am in need of nothing; and you do not realize and understand that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 Therefore I counsel you to purchase from Me gold refined and tested by fire, that you may be [truly] wealthy, and white clothes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nudity from being seen, and salve to put on your eyes, that you may see. 19 Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude]. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears and listens to and heeds My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will eat with him, and he [will eat] with Me.”
So how are your Eternal Investments doing? You can only keep what you send ahead. Di you make some Kingdom investments today? Yours in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life