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Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
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Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Life comprises a series of yesterdays, todays and tomorrows. Those who live these days meaningfully are those who fear the Lord and keep His commandments, realizing that their lives are entirely in His hands. What should our attitude towards yesterday, today and tomorrow be in order to receive God’s blessing?

Let Us Give Thanks for Yesterday

All that we have, life, family and livelihood, come from God. And the world, with all its beauty, is His free gift to us. But most precious of all, the Lord gave up Himself for us. Willingly he died on agonizing death to redeem us. Through Him, we have the hope of salvation. Therefore, let us learn from King David and give thanks to Him.

            “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good as long as you live so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Ps 103:2-5)

Just as the Lord blessed the leper who returned to thank Him, so will He bless us. And not only that, our heart felt gratitude will act as a constant reminder of the divine providence and motivate us to serve Him all the more.

Let Us Dedicate Today to His Service

Time is life, and while we may, we must make good use of it, to seek spiritual advancement and to propagate the Lord’s holy work. It is said that the way a person organizes his day is indicative of how he will spend his life. The Bible also says, “…and as your days, so shall your strength be.” (Deut 33:25)

Many people toil and labour in order to better their standard of living, but is the end result worth the effort? Jesus said, “For what will it profit a man, if he gains the whole world and forfeits his life? Or what shall a man give in return for his life?” What we must pursue, then, is eternal life, the true life. Jesus Christ is the way to this life. The Apostle Paul recognized this fact and declared, “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Throughout his ministerial service, he was true to this affirmation. He lived each day to its fullest by cultivating his spirituality and following God’s word. In return, the spiritual food he received from the Lord refreshed him and enabled him to convert many lost souls through his preaching and his miracles. Paul had offered every moment of his life to God, and God delighted in his dedication. When he was near the end of his life, he was able to utter these inspiring words: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness…” (2 Tim 4:7-8)

Let Us Entrust Our Tomorrows to God

We often make extensive plans for the future and hold high hopes for what is to come, neglecting to entrust it all to God. In fact we do not even know what will come to pass tomorrow. Only our heavenly Father can control our destiny. So, as the Apostle James instructed, we should say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this and that.” Since tomorrow lies in God’s hands, we need to understand His will. The Lord Himself has promised to be our counselor (Is 9:6), and we need only to trust in Him through prayers and manifest an active faith in our daily living.

While we entrust our future to God, we must also remain spiritually alert, living as we are in the lost days. As in the parable of the ten virgins, we must emulate the five wise maidens who are always prepared to meet the Groom, the Lord Jesus Christ. This is because the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. We must be sanctified through prayers and meditation on His words.

If we look back on yesterday with thankfulness, dedicate ourselves to the Lord today, and at the same lime, entrust our tomorrows to Him, we can be assured that He will always be with us on our journey to the heavenly Kingdom. He will protect, encourage and strengthen us, until we reach our goal.

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