God’s Plan Is For Today
Read 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5
1Th 5:12 Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Over and over I had heard men ask, “What is God’s will for my life? I want to know what He wants me to do.” Much too often, when we ponder this question we are looking toward some enormous calling somewhere in our future. We believe that God has some magnificent job for us to do somewhere, sometime down the road of life. We become anxious to “get to it,” which does nothing more than make us impatient. God doesn’t want us to fret and stew over the future. His concern is always the “here and now.” He reveals the future when He wants to reveal the future, not always when we want to know.
If we take care of God’s will for our lives today, the future will take care of itself. We likely don’t know what God has in store for us tomorrow. We don’t have to know. It may or may not be some big project, or some life’s calling. Actually, very few men and women are called to do the tasks that stand out more vividly in our minds. Not many are called to be pastors, missionaries, youth ministers, evangelists, etc. But every Christian is called by our Lord to live today for Him. It sounds so simple that we can’t see it. It reminds me of the saying, “Can’t see the forest for the trees.” We are so focused on the big picture that we can easily fail to see the many small pictures each of us paint which come together to create a beautiful panorama.
Paul’s thoughts in this chapter can bring us back to reality. He boils down “God’s will for our lives” by listing a few things we might consider not related to “His will for us.” The things he lists in these verses, plus others in this chapter, involve things that every Christian can do. And each of them is important. While we do those things, we may not be able to see the impact that is made for the Kingdom of God. But God does, and knows exactly where our actions fit into His will. That’s all that counts.
We need to look over the things Paul writes about, and resolve to do them. If we cannot do these simple tasks, He is not likely to give us greater responsibilities later. The parable of the talents demonstrates that those who use wisely what God gives them will be given more. If we don’t obey what God has commanded us to do today, we are not likely to be of value to the Kingdom tomorrow. The best scripture to back this up is in the book of Luke.
Lk 16:10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
Therefore, dear SSA friend, your and my responsibility is to listen to God and make our life goal to do what we are commanded. Our tomorrows don’t count, for they have not yet come to be. But our todays are here right this very moment. Today, let us obey God’s word, shutting yesterday out of our minds, and let tomorrow take care of itself. If it is His will to use us in some magnificent way, He’ll let us know when the time comes. Our success for the future will not depend on whether we figured it all out beforehand. It’s all in His hands, in His time.
Mt 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Prayer: Keep us focused on our current tasks at hand. Help us to see the important things You have planned for us to do today. Keep us in the center of Your will and reveal to us exactly what we need for today.