Sep 282012

There is a limit to the grace of God.

There is a line that His grace won’t cross.

There is a time when His grace is absent.

The line is today and the place is tomorrow.

I’m a sick man with a troubled child and a shaky job and terrors from tomorrow assault my faith continually.

I live in fear of the future and no balm from above comes to comfort me.

However, if I focus on today, there is mercy newly provided…tomorrows mercy awaits a new day and I cannot yet draw upon it.

There is grace available for the troubles of this day, not for next week or next year or next month.

To paraphrase Corrie Ten Boom, you only get the money for the ticket right before you get on the train.

Our Lord said;

““Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

(Matthew 6:34 ESV)

I say amen to the trouble part…

I write this this morning because I know that many of you are in the midst of serious trials.

Like me you are wholly dependent on the grace of God to survive them and you are awaiting positive answers to prayer for the provision needed…and you’ve been waiting a while now.

Tomorrow looks desperate…so don’t look.

Today is all we’ve been given, today there is enough hope and grace to get through.


Tomorrow isn’t even promised but if it comes a promise comes with it.

““Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

(Matthew 6:25–33 ESV)

Live fully in today, receive todays grace and mercy…and make your own application.





  29 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. I can’t say “AMEN” loud enough. Beautiful!
    Praying for you and yours, Michael.

  2. Thank you, my faithful friend.

  3. Thank you friend for this beautiful word spoken in perfect timing.

  4. Much love to you my sister..

  5. Michael, indeed one of your best! Funny how we sort of already knew it but need to be reminded. I love the way you reminded us. Thank you Michael. I wish you were feeling better.

  6. The gravatar is for nomans. 🙂

  7. In my opinion, I look at this slightly different.

    “…… Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34 ESV) goes deeper, showing that we need to focus on the “now” and not just “today”.

    I “was” alive yesterday, I “will be” alive tomorrow (hopefully), I “am” alive today (but the day is not over yet).

    Eternal life, via grace, is not an everlasting “day” it is an everlasting “now”.

    God bless you,

  8. Covered,
    It’s one of the most difficult disciplines of the Christian life…I wrote to remind myself of it’s necessity. 🙂

    Blessings on you.

  9. Bob,

    I needed it more. 🙂
    I’m glad you’re still here…and I’m off to work.

  10. Paul,

    Point well taken. 🙂

  11. My battle with living for the day only is knowing when the future requires today’s decisions and when it does not. If an important and/or unpleasant event awaits me in a month, what do I need to be doing today (if anything) in preparation for that event – so as to have a positive outcome.

    This is a real battle for me. Obviously, Jesus is not promoting procrastination. Something I am quite prone towards…

  12. Thank you, Michael. The bottom of the barrel seems a liitle more tolerable today because of your insight and suffering.
    – a silent follower.

  13. from what he posts for us i see a Michael that bears so many burdens of others that grind him down – as they would any of us – i can only watch, wonder and pray, in sadness and ignorance, the prayer that Sister Xenia prays – God have mercy – for Lord, You are a God of mercy and You are our God because we have seen Your character – You are God and You are worthy to be – send us more wisdom and strength and increase in Faith to go through – glorify Your salvation in us

  14. I’ve mentioned before that my meditation verse (just noticed there is only one letter dif between meditation and medication) 🙂 Is Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good. He is a stronghold in TIMES OF TROUBLE. He KNOWS those who are His” The ‘times of trouble’ are more the norm than times of ease and bliss, IMO…. The last 15 years of my life have been one storm after another…. loss after loss. I’m not in a storm at this moment. I can say, truly, God IS in the storms accomplishing His good purposes. Hindsight is so much easier than the blind terror of dark times.The Lord is good….a stronghold in times of trouble..He knows those who are His….. my mantra.

  15. AV, my posts won’t post on the other thread.

  16. Trials…indeed

    I am a deeply wounded man…my pain runs deep. This blog was started to help ppl who have been abused by pastors. I was here in the early days attempting to comfort the broken. Now I’m the one with a story to tell. I may need to start a blog for pastors who have been abused by the ppl they loved and made tremendous sacrifices for.

    For the past 15 yrs I’ve given everything I have for the sake of the “church”, and I have nothing to show for it but pain, debt, and a long list of ppl who hate me.

    I’m taking a break from telling others about his mercy so that I can realize it for myself.

  17. Oh SnS, I pray that you will, indeed, realise God’s love and grace for yourself. I don’t know your story, but I know He does, and I truly believe God will honour a man who is giving himself away for the sake of Christ. You may sow in tears, but you will reap in joy. He promises that. Praying for you, dear brother in Christ.

  18. SnS, Praying for you.

  19. SnS – i wish you knew my grandfather’s story … Grandpa was a minister during the Holiness movement in the first part of the last century – i wrote a book centered on him for my extended family and, while reading the whole thing might be tedious and off topic for you, you might be encouraged by reading the preview that is on the Lulu dot com website – especially the last couple pages “Converging Streams” is the title to search for – God absolutely knows what it has cost you to serve His son and God is faithful

  20. Michael, I pray for you in your trials….I’m just a little voice among many! I do try to live by His grace everyday & not worry about tomorrow (doesn’t always work, though I’m striving). I lost your blog for some time & am so happy to have found it again under your name. I missed your words more than i can say…so happy to be able to “read” you again.

  21. Welcome back Psladay!!!

  22. Lord, have mercy.

  23. Sinner and Saint. My story too. It has not ended; it has only intensified inside household doors. Yet Christ remains within those walls of suffering too; so if I have to fill up some of His afflictions within my body, I will.

    Yet, there are blessings in the midst of it all. I am thankful that I have I offspring that are really sharing in my gospel and are owning their own stewardship in the Kingdom.

    Praying for you.

  24. Michael, praying for you too. Thanks for being a living epistle who articulates quite well, with a blessed anointing I might add.

  25. Em. I am going to look up your book. Thank you.

  26. Vic, i hope the last part of the preview is encouraging to anyone in the ministry particularly if they’re feeling they’ve failed… most of the book is just family history, tho my grandparents had quite a life

  27. Thank you for the kind words all…Vic, I appreciate your empathy friend.

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