Leader Devotions

One Day At A Time

If I were to give you 30 seconds to think of what lies ahead for you in life during the next month or so, what would come to mind? For most of us, coming up with that list would require much more than 30 seconds. Your list may have been majorly compiled of family events, work or school related tasks and deadlines, or all of those other “to dos” may have been crowded out by one or more big, upcoming decisions regarding health, relationships, finances or family.

The thought of what’s to come in the future could be exciting, happy, scary or pretty heavy at times. God’s word (Matthew 6:34) says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” None of us can know for sure what will happen tomorrow or in the days to come (Proverb 27:1/James 4:14), but the saying, “I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future,” reminds us that we can have peace, even in uncertainty.

God does have good plans and works laid out for our future (Ephesians 2:10/Jeremiah 29:11), but when things are hard, and the future seems bleak, here are two ways to help take things one day at a time while trusting the One who holds that future. God promised that His word would be a lamp unto our feet and a light for our path (Psalm 119:105). Your feet are located right where you’re at today. Spend some time in God’s word today. See what He says, then apply it right where you’re at in life. Then, for the future, make the plans that need to be made, but also surrender those plans to God’s guidance every step of the way. Proverbs 16:9 “A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Whether the days ahead hold exciting prospects or whether they are dotted by difficult decisions, take each day one at a time, seeking the only One who can give true peace, inerrant guidance and the strength you need for today.

Pastor The Dave

“I will seek You in the morning and I will learn to walk in your ways and step by step You’ll lead me, and I will follow You all of my days.”

For more Scripture on this subject, check out: Matthew 6:25-34, Jeremiah 29:11, Matthew 11:25-30, Luke 10:38-42, Isaiah 41:10,13    

The Hurt in our Lives

I remember being a young minister of music in my early 20’s and having my first experiences visiting folks in the hospital. I went to visit Mr. Tom who had just completed knee replacement surgery a few days prior. I asked Mr. Tom how he was doing and received a lengthy description of his pain and suffering. He told me that he had spent time that morning walking for the first time since surgery and how miserable in pain he was. Then he said, “My physical therapist told me that sometimes you have to hurt in order to heal”. This is true in the Christian Life. We go through surgeries, trials, tragedies in our lives and in order to heal sometimes we must hurt. Thank God, we don’t have to hurt alone! Psalm 147:3 says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Rest in that promise today. 

- Pastor Jack