Abide Day by DayPublished Jun 03, 2019 | Women Mentoring Women, Terri Jenkin
As I sit here in our cabin, I marvel that what began as a dream is now a reality. Sixteen summers ago, Bill began chopping down trees with the idea to build a cabin. How big? He had no idea until he measured the length of the trees. For me, looking ahead to a finished cabin seemed an enormous task. There was only a rough drawing on paper. Each summer when we arrived in Montana—first for two weeks, then for three, then four, and eventually eight weeks—we set up camp and began working, one day at a time.
And the people shall go out and gather the portion of a day in his day (Exodus 16:4). That was God’s rule in His giving and the gathering of the manna. He wanted His people to meet each day with the promise of sufficient manna. The manna was their food and strength for that day, yet it was their security for the future.
We are given what is needed to meet each new day. God told the tribe of Asher . . . as thy days, so shall thy strength be (Deut. 33:25). That is still His promise in the life of a believer. I recently read these words from Andrew Murray: "If time had been given to man in the form of one long unbroken day, it would have exhausted and overwhelmed him. Broken small and divided into fragments, he can bear them. He has only each day to be faithful for the one short day, and long years and a long life take care of themselves without the sense of their length or their weight ever being a burden."
I believe we are to plan for the future in the wisdom of the Lord, but more importantly to recognize that whatever our day holds—sickness, joy, sorrow, rest, work, struggle, or victory—God intends it to be a day to abide and grow in Him.
This is the day the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it for He is working it out for our good and His glory (Psalm 118:24; Rom. 8:28).