Unwelcome Stress and God’s Mercy

Do you ever start “evaluating” your life and making plans for the future even when you don’t really want to?  Someone mentions to you something they’re doing (on what you assume is a regular basis) and you’re thrown into a mental panic: Oh, no!  I should be doing that TOO!  And if you’re a homeschooling mom, you add, I’m probably ruining my kids by not doing this already! And THEN I think, I’ll have to add that in the future—but how will I do it all?

Well, this happens to me ALL THE TIME!  So I was encouraged when I read the following devotional the other day…this is most of it, but it’s not very long…

God’s mercies are new every morning because each day only has enough mercy in it for that day.

This is why we tend to despair when we think that we may have to bear tomorrow’s load on today’s resources. God wants us to know: We won’t. Today’s mercies are for today’s troubles. Tomorrow’s mercies are for tomorrow’s troubles.

Sometimes we wonder if we will have the mercy to stand in terrible testing. Yes, we will. Peter says, “If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you” (1 Peter 4:14). When the reviling comes the Spirit of glory comes. It happened for Stephen as he was being stoned. It will happen for you.

When the Spirit and the glory are needed they will come.

The manna in the wilderness was given one day at a time. There was no storing up. That is the way we must depend on God’s mercy. You do not receive today the strength to bear tomorrow’s burdens. You are given mercies today for today’s troubles.

(This is from Desiring God’s Daily Devotional app, which features over 30 years of John Piper’s teaching.  It’s free!)

We need to focus on the mercy that’s given for TODAY and remember that NEW mercy will be given for tomorrow—whatever that may bring.  So keep going today, even if you feel like you’re only plodding.  Or even “failing.”  (I’m preaching to myself.)  J

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

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