Recently I read a post that I thought very helpful. You can find the full thing here, and excerpts below. Mark, like me, perceives that we are at the end of an age, and that times of increasing shaking are upon us – to sift the wheat from the tares and to usher in the new age. And, this inevitably lead to the questions…
“What’s the use? Why bother planning anything? Why start any projects or invest in the future if everything is going to collapse anyway?” These are the questions some of you are asking as you begin to grasp the seriousness of the hour; as you see the fulfillment of prophetic words unfolding and examine the “signs of the times” for yourself.
What indeed is the point of investing in anything new, when we see what is coming? The answer lies in today.
Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.Matthew 6 v33-34
As Mark says:
The “business” of being about the Kingdom of God is manifold. It is taking the “talent” that God has given you for “today” and using it accordingly. If the Lord has blessed you with finances, then use them wisely today. If God has given you a home, then repair its roof, paint its walls, and mow its grass today. If the Lord has given you a family, then tend to their needs and desires today. If you are inspired to write a book, to renovate a room, or plant a tree, then do it with great care and attention today. This is what it means to invest your talent “in the bank” to gain at least the interest.
But you might say, “Why begin building a house today if the economy is going to collapse tomorrow?” But why does the Lord pour out rain upon the land “today” if He is going to send a purifying fire to cleanse it all “tomorrow”? The answer is because, today, not only the trees need the rain but we need to know that God is always present, always active, always caring, always providing. Maybe tomorrow His hand will send fire because that’s what we need. So be it. But not today; today He is busy planting.
For, after all, today is the only day we will ever have. And, if this day is good enough for the Lord to sustain, create and bless; then it is good enough for us. Tomorrow is a foreign country. We may be able to see the fig tree, and know these things are near. But we do not know the time or the hour. Precise timings and events are in His hands alone!
So, to live fully in today – whether that means a day or a season – is to live in a place of peace, trust and hope. Because this is the now, today’s manna is today’s, the sun shines today and we are invited to enter in fully – living, creating, providing and thriving.