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Let us not worry about what is to come. Let us turn that over to Ke Akua who knows what lies ahead.

Weekly devotional: Give us THIS day

May. 18, 2020

  • KS Maui Kahu Kalani Wong

Our weekly devotionals are offered as spiritual enrichment to the Kamehameha Schools ‘ohana. For more inspiration, visit the KS “Our faith” website.

Heluhelu Baibala
E hāʻawi mai iā mākou i kēia lā i ʻai na mākou no nēia lā.
Give us this day our daily bread.
- Matthew 6:11

He manaʻo o ke kahu
I recently checked in with our senior class. One thing that weighs heavily on their minds was their future. This year was supposed to be a great time of celebrating the end of their high school career before heading off to college and adulthood. This virus has cancelled all those landmark events. They are worried about what will happen now, what does their future hold? I’m sure that’s the same for all of us. When will this all end so we can return to normal?

Christian author Max Lucado has an answer for that. He writes, “Christ offers a worry-bazooka. Remember how He taught us to pray? ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’ This simple sentence unveils God’s provision plan:  live one day at a time. Worry gives small problems big shadows.

Dutch Christian Holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom said, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” And Romans 8:28 affirms: “Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Ke Akua gives us food for THIS day, as he did nā poe Hebera when they journeyed through the wilderness. He provided manna and quail for that day and that day alone. His only requirement was that they trust Him to provide for them. When the people tried to depend on their own resources, by storing some away to consume later, it had turned rotten.

Let us not worry about what is to come. Let us turn that over to Ke Akua who knows what lies ahead. Let us focus on the task before us THIS day, to mālama one another, to do our kuleana, and to hoʻomau me Ke Akua, me Iesū a me ka ʻUhane Hemolele. When we do, we will have strength for this day and the days to come.

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