Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life. Today is special because it’s the beginning of another month. This month might bring for you a court date, a doctor’s appointment, a wedding, a funeral, a business meeting, a family reunion, the beginning of another school year (and the hustle and bustle that comes with it), a job transfer, a vacation, or the sale of your house. With all of these things to do, why don’t you just take a few minutes and forget about it? That’s not a typo. Go ahead and drop everything you’re doing so you can refocus on what’s really important.

Victor Hugo was a famous writer who said, “Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.”

How do we go to sleep in peace, much less find the strength to accomplish the tasks of the next day, with so much to do? The key lies in living in the awe of God. I’m not talking about having some mystical, spiritual experience. All I’m saying is we need to let the reality of Who God is determine the way we respond to the pressures of each day. And the only way we can do this is to spend time getting to know Him. When we do, we’ll find the God of peace can get us through each challenge.

Are you overwhelmed because of all the things that you’ve got to get done this month? Friend, I encourage you to let it rest for five minutes a day while you concentrate on your great God. Take a break. He is awake, and He’ll help you make it—one day at a time.

The very vastness of the work raises one’s thoughts to God, as the only One by Whom it can be done. That is the solid comfort—He knows. — Florence Nightingale

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder