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Wednesday, May 10 2017
       Life is like the South Texas weather; it can change quickly and the new day can be totally different than the previous one. Proverbs 27:1 says: “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth.” While it is not a sin nor is it necessarily unwise to make plans for the future, this verse is a reminder that the day of tomorrow may never come. So if this verse is the “don’t do this” what is the “do this instead”? Jesus supplied that answer when He said: “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34) Simply put, we ask the Lord to help us today with today’s burdens. Clue: “Give us this day our daily bread.” 
       This reminds me of this corny joke I have probably bored you with before: A man was worried about 500 dollars he was going to have to come up with in 30 days. When he expressed his fear to a close friend, he replied, “don’t worry at all about that, you’re going to be fine.” That gave him comfort and he forgot about it. Two weeks later, those 500 dollars came to his mind again so he went back to his friend expressing his fear because the due date was now two weeks away. His friend gave him the same advice and it settled his fears. He did that the following week and his friend again quieted his fears. Then came the day the money was due so he came back to his friend expressing more fear then ever. This time his friend said: “Okay, now is the time to start worrying!”
       Today is the best time to take care of today’s business. If we can do it today, why wait until tomorrow? Putting off important matters for a later date is, at best foolish because tomorrow could be too late. I shared these two verses with out prayer group at church yesterday: “Make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16) and “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground.” (Eph. 6:13) Referring to people who were unprepared and playing with fire, my mom would often use this expression: “Ven que la tempestad se acerca pero no se arrodillan.” Translation: “They see the storm approaching, yet they don’t kneel.” (pray) The best way to be prepared at all times is to stay close to God, so close that we are always aware that He is just a prayer away. 
Gods word for today: (Psalm 73:28) “But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all Your works.”
Posted by: Joe Martinez AT 11:38 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email

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