So a new year is upon us. People celebrated on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Resolutions were made. Calendars and planners were purchased. People are focusing on planning for the upcoming year.
As I consider the focus on the new year, I hear God in my spirit reminding me of his focus on the daily. So many Bible verses address God’s daily concern for us and his teaching us to keep a daily view of our lives. From the Old Testament to the New, we see that our God is a God of each and every day.
Moses in the Old Testament asks God to help him in this area. “Teach us to number our days aright that we may have a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 After considering the power of Almighty God in the fleeting lives of men, Moses’ response is to ask for instruction in ordering our days to God’s ways that we might have his wisdom granted to us.
Jesus, when instructing his disciples how to pray, tells them to ask, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Was Jesus remembering the time of the Israelites in the desert, a time in which God gave the people only enough sustenance for each day at a time?
We get some idea of why God chooses to make us dependent him daily from these words of Moses in Deuteronomy 8:16 He refers to the God “who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end.” Daily dependence on God is humbling and often difficult. We become tempted to want to get ahead of God and go our own way. But in doing so, we are likely to give the credit for our success to ourselves instead of God as Moses warns in a later verse.
Jesus directs to the daily view for another reason, to keep us from carrying over useless worrying into a new day. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Keeping a daily view, especially in time of trouble, keeps us from getting overwhelmed with the cares of life.
Perhaps the most comforting aspect of our everyday God is the fact that he loves us so much despite our sin that he is willing to forgive us every day. The Bible tells us that we wake up each morning with a clean slate from God and fresh compassion from him. Praise God for his mercy and grace! “It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
I am so grateful to serve a faithful, everyday God.