Perhaps you’ve seen the phrase “One Day At A Time” on a bumper sticker, plaque, or refrigerator magnet. The slogan is often used by recovering alcoholics as a reminder that a person doesn’t have to stay sober forever—just for today. A month, or even a week, without alcohol may seem impossible for them. But the key to success is to trust God for the strength to say no to a drink today.
The thread of living “one day at a time” is woven throughout the fabric of Scripture. God supplied the Israelites with manna daily (Ex. 16:4). Our heavenly Father’s mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:22-23). Jesus taught His followers to ask for their “daily bread” (Mt. 6:11) and to refuse to worry about tomorrow (v.34). It’s a lesson we seem to learn with difficulty, but one that holds the key to life and peace.
When we face a situation that seems overwhelming, we may drift toward hopelessness or despair, wondering how we’ll be able to see it through to the end. But God’s words of comfort and encouragement remind us that He “daily loads us with benefits” (Ps. 68:19).
Daily bread. Daily light. Daily strength. When tomorrow seems too long to endure, God reminds us to trust Him—one day at a time.
Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear. —Berg
God doesn't ask us to bear tomorrow's burdens with today's strength.