It is so tempting to think of tomorrow, or the next day, or any day in the future as when we will know peace, contentment, joy or happiness. The truth of the matter is that we have only this day to know the "life more abundantly" the Lord has promised us.
None of us is guaranteed tomorrow, next week, next year, or even our next breath. Even if we were, what makes us imagine that if we can't experience the peace of the Lord in this moment, we will know it any more clearly in the future? We imagine that we will be absent of this worry, or this difficulty, and then we will know peace.
Our problem is not time, the future will bring it's own worries and difficulties. Our problem is perspective. We fall into falsely believing that circumstances can make us joyful and at peace. In fact, only a Person -- only THE Person -- can cause us to know "joy unspeakable" and if we have trusted in Him as Lord and Savior, He is ours in this and every minute. We have no need to wait for tomorrow.
Image by Marcos Vasconcelos Photography via FlickrIt is our choice to thank the Lord for this day, this very moment -- troubles included, knowing that He can and will be all our trusting hearts need, even in the very troubles we seek to avoid. Often He desires to meet our need not by taking us out of the trouble but by meeting us in the trouble.
So let us choose to "rejoice and be glad" in this day. Let us choose to worship Him with our sacrifice of praise and obedience to walk in the Spirit the path He has placed before us, storms, troubles and all.