One Day at a Time
What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they had not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not. those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:29-31)
In these verses from 1 Corinthians Paul is telling us simply that this life as we know it will pass away. Our life here on earth will be obsolete. There will be no marriage in heaven. We will all be members of one family – the family of God. There will be no mourning or sadness. The happiness we experience here will not compare to the happiness we will experience in heaven. Our material possessions will no longer be important. We will leave them behind and never look back. In other words, don’t get too attached to this life because it is only temporary.
Time is a gift from God. “Time” began the first day of Creation and it will end when Jesus comes again to judge the world and take his believers home to heaven.
As I age I find myself worrying about time. I sometimes wish I could make it stand still. I dread what might be in my future as I remember what my mother and others who have gone before me went through as they aged. So instead of enjoying each day as it comes I allow a shadow to hang over my heart. I don’t want to ever be unable to take care of myself. I don’t want to be bent over with arthritis. I don’t want my mind to become confused or my heart to be weak.
Jesus answer to my quandary is this: You of little faith, why [do] you doubt? (Matthew 14:31) Or he would remind me lovingly as he reminded the people of his day; Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?…Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:25, 27, 34)
My prayer for myself is that God would give me a faith that trusts completely in His almighty wisdom and know that he has it all planned out perfectly for me and for each of us. Worrying about what may be in my future won’t change it and it is a waste of his precious gift of time.
Do you worry about the passing of time? In heaven there will be no “time”. We will be in eternity with God. We won’t have to worry about getting old or sick. We will live with God and all fellow believers in perfect worry-free happiness. I hope to see you there. In the meantime I pray that God will help all who love him to live each day in joyful hope – looking forward to the day when we will step over the threshold of this life on earth into our glorious home in heaven.
In His holy name. Gloria Dei! Amen.