“One step at a time”. This is the subject of many a song…Why? Most likely the reason is very simple: we need the reminder!
It is simply too easy for us to get caught up in what tomorrow might bring and miss out on the beauty and power of the here and now. In reality, all we ever have is today.
Tomorrow is not mine to live until God gives me a new “today”.
The Lord knows what we can handle and He mercifully guides us one step at a time. Even the great patriarch, Abraham, started His journey with a step–a step, which if he looked very far ahead, was leading into the unknown.
God did not give Abram the directions that we might think he needed: “Go here, then here, and there….Then in a few centuries, I will give your children the land.”
No, God told Abram, “Get out of your country, and go to the land that I will show you: and I will make of you a great nation.” (see Genesis 12:1,2) “So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him….” (verse 4)
Step by step, Abram obeyed. One day, God changed his name: “Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” (Genesis 17:5) The New Testament now declares an even greater honor to Abraham than being the natural “father of many”; faithful Abraham is the father of the faithful–a real-life example for us to learn from.
It should come to us as no surprise then that Jesus said, in Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow…. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
There is enough temptation; there are enough challenges; there are enough duties to concentrate on today. Serve God today; do what He asks of you today.
This is not to say that it is not okay to plan ahead. In the last half of Luke 14, Jesus tells several parables. He asks, Who would start to build a tower without first making sure he had enough to finish it? And, What king would set out to war, without first considering whether he had a good chance of winning?
We are building a “tower”, so to speak. By choosing Jesus as Lord of our lives, we have laid a firm foundation–but we must be careful, too, how we build from there. Each decision we make is a layer in our building. “Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest….” (see I Corinthians 3:10-14)
We are in a war. Whether we admit it or not, we have chosen a side. The war is fought in battles–and there is no point in consuming ourselves in worry over what the next battle might be. The battle we need to fight is the one that is now!
The Lord has promised to guide us. “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psalm 32:8) He is looking ahead for us.
With a foresight that we could never match, he leads us: “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21) Step by step, moment by moment.
As we walk through life, we will encounter many doorways. Some will be locked; others will be wide open.
God knows what is behind every one of the doors, and He knows which path is best for you to take. We don’t. Our part is to follow Him. Get to the door first, open it as He leads you, and walk through. Then deal with what is on the other side!
Worrying about what might be on the other side before you even get there is nothing more than a roadblock to prevent you from ever reaching the door.
So remember that every command of God is a promise. What He asks you to do, He will empower you to do; and for today, His command is to take it one step at a time.