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Just Enough Grace for Today

August 23, 2018

A few months ago, I was finally getting around to decorating our guest room. I went to Hobby Lobby because, duh, where else would I go! I stumbled across this piece in the clearance aisle. I liked the look and the price was right so I went for it! Choosing my décor normally takes a lot more thought than that, but my main goal was to not spend much money so this was a winner! One night a few days after I had hung it on the wall, David woke up over and over in the night. We had company in town, I was leading worship the next day at church, and we had a jam-packed weekend. The fourth or fifth or eighteenth time (I lost count) I walked into his room, I happened to glance in the guest room and the words on the sign caught my attention like never before. It reads, “Just enough grace for today.” I was having intense, irrational, middle-of-the-night anxiety. I was feeling totally overwhelmed by all that needed to be accomplished in the next couple days and running on no sleep was not going to help. That is when the Father captured my heart and said, “Is my grace enough for today?” A rush of peace came over me. He said again, “Can you and I get through today together? Not tomorrow or the day after that, but can we walk through today together?” I knew the answer was yes. When I chose to stop my anxious thoughts for how I was going to accomplish everything in the next week and just focused on walking through today with my Father, it all was suddenly much less overwhelming.

 

When the Israelites were in the wilderness, the Father provided food for them each day. A food called manna fell from the sky each morning, but there was a condition. They were only to gather the food that they needed for that day and trust that the Lord would provide again the next morning. If someone gathered more than they needed and tried to save the manna, it would spoil before the next day came. The Father wants us to trust that He will give us what we need each day.

 

When Jesus was teaching His disciples how to pray He said, “Give us today our daily bread.” He didn’t ask for enough bread for the next month or year. He simply asked for today, knowing that He could rely on the Father to give Him each day what was needed. In Matthew 6:27, Jesus asks the question, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” The answer is not one of us can add an hour or anything good to our lives by worrying.

 

Personally, I become the most overwhelmed and anxious when I start trying to figure out how things are going to work out weeks and months down the road. When I feel this way, I have the choice of saying “Father, I lay this down at Your feet knowing that You have it all figured out. I am asking for enough grace for today. No more, no less.” The moments we spend worrying about the future are fruitless and they are moments we can never get back.

 

The Father is not running low on grace or portioning it out little by little because He is stingy. He gives us what we need each day because it beckons us into a place of relationship with Him and reliance on Him. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We do not have to muster up strength within us each day. His grace is sufficient and our weakness is all He is asking for. Make the choice now to let tomorrow worry about tomorrow and to walk through today hand in hand with the Father. He has never faced a day He could not handle, and I am quite sure He never will. Rest, be still, let Him guide you and trust that He has only the best for you!

 

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