The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
Lamentations 3:22-24 NLT
God is equally present in every moment of every day. There are no ‘ifs or buts’ to this truth. I may struggle to engage with the present as my mind might swim with myriad anxieties. Yet, I can do nothing to change the reality of God’s promise. For me each morning is the moment to both seize and then begin to rest in God’s new mercies for me today.
Reading scripture, and alongside it the testimony of many who have gone before me, I discover that there is a rich inheritance entrusted to me of God’s promised daily presence. I all too easily set conditions upon which I can receive such a promise. However, God reminds me through Job’s declaration (Job 1:21) about arriving and departing this earth naked and with only what God has provided.
When I open my eyes each morning, my first thought will set the tone for the day. So I do warfare with my fears and anxieties by starting my day with prayer before I set one foot to the floor. I want to acknowledge God amid those fears, and then through active prayer submit myself to God so that by God’s grace fear will be set to flight. This is the challenging work of choosing God ahead of my own anxiety. It is the path of prayer that lays the tarmac on the path of discipleship. Without it, I will spend my life chasing my tail in restless endeavour that may never realise God’s presence.
You can choose to find God’s presence in your life today. Of course, past decisions will have real consequences. Yet, fixing these can prove difficult without God. Finding God for yourself today will bring stability and hope.
What does the first ten minutes of your day typically consist of?
Thank you for your promise of fresh mercies available to me each and every day.
Photo – Winter sunshine near Slemish