I don’t know about you, but I am always eager to see what the postman is going to bring me today and disappointed if I don’t find something of joy in my mailbox. Today as I was venturing out into the cold to see what this day would bring I couldn’t help but wonder if the Father looks forward to seeing how His children will perform on this day that He has given us. Will He have a smile on His face when the day ends or will He be thinking as we often do when each day has not fulfilled our expectations, that tomorrow is another day? I don’t believe we should spend each day worrying or even wondering how tomorrow will turn out, but I do believe that it is important to know where we want to end up and in what condition. I want to see a smile on my Father’s face and hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Is it possible that I will see a smile on my Father’s face when I finally come before His throne?
We, as a people, have found that it is often much easier to live life if we don’t concentrate on tomorrow, but simply attempt to meet today’s problems. However, we must know, even as we do so, that tomorrow will come. I just finished reading a devotional on spending four minutes a day in prayer and thought to myself that would be a great habit to establish, especially if we also realize that it is only the beginning of the day not the period that closes it. Our Father wants us to love Him, but He also wants us to share our thoughts and our day with Him. I have quite a list, Lord, but what have You added to my list for the day and do You think we can accomplish it together?
If you are a parent you realize that a day can only contain so much, but you can’t help hoping that your child or children will be in touch with you at some point. After all that is partly what makes for a good day for you, isn’t it? I wonder why that is. Is it simply because your child is a part, an extension of yourself; one you hope is making better choices than you did. If you ever stop to think about it you must realize that we are a part of the life of our Creator. He didn’t just create us and then drop us on this earth to fend for ourselves. He expected to continue to be a part of our lives, our everyday lives. That’s not really too much to ask, is it? As a parent, you can relate to that, can’t you?
Paul, claiming fathership through the gospel he was revealing, wrote I do not write these words to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you (1st Corinthians 4:14).
John, who suffered mightily for the cause of what he believed wrote - But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12); Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know what when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1st John 3:2) and finally in the last words we have of his he reminded us that I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth (3rd John 1:4).
Most of the people in this world will admit to going to bed, tired and worn out, thinking about what they couldn’t get to today and what they will have to do tomorrow. It seems to be the way our whole world is turning these days. Can we, as individuals, change that; if not for the world at least for ourselves. What will our Father find in His mailbox today – will it bring joy or ?
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith, And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord, To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To Thy precious, bleeding side.