Are you anxious, scared of what the future holds? Worried about what tomorrow will bring?
We all have to admit that worry is a common problem in our lives and can cause us to become anxious and fearful. It's the uncertainty, the unknown that so often has us squirming. It is suspected that the majority of mental illnesses, and some physical illnesses are directly related to worry. Many cases of drunkenness and drug addiction are symptomatic of worry and stress in our lives.
We can be overly worried and upset about so many things, and these can play on our minds causing lack of sleep, loss of appetite, high blood pressure and other illnesses. And because of worry, it can lead many to make foolish life decisions that in turn incur painful consequences.
Have you ever wished for a crystal ball, to be able to see what is going to happen? It is a part of our human nature to be concerned about situations and experiences that arise in our lives. No-one can say they go through life with a carefree, indifferent and nonchalant attitude, as if nothing matters. It doesn't matter how optimistic someone may be, there will always be times of worry, or stress. Yet in saying that, we must not be overly concerned about what the future holds in store for us. It is never good to live in a constant state of worry and depression.
In the gospel of Matthew 6:25-34, the Lord Jesus Christ deals with our serious problem of worrying. Three times in this short passage Jesus tells us not to worry, he provides and shows us the way whereby we can be free from doubts and worry. This is what he said:
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Jesus is saying to us to not worry about the future. Look around, does nature worry about tomorrow? Observe the birds, how do they thrive and live? Can we improve our lives by worrying? Of course not, in fact it causes the very opposite. Look at the flowers, God clothes them, so why should we be worried about our own various material needs? Even though life in general will have its share of problems, they will have a way of working themselves out. Just deal with them as they come, for there is no way to solve them in advance. Providing for tomorrow is good and proper, but worrying about tomorrow is folly, and in reality sinful.
God is the God of tomorrow just like he is the God of today. God in his word tells us His mercies "are new every morning." (Lamentations 3:23) He looks after our basic needs and feeds us like He fed the children of Israel with just enough manna to see them through each day.
Worrying can paralyse, making us too upset to accomplish anything useful and productive. It will attempt to do that by taking you mentally into tomorrow until you find something to worry about. So concentrate on today! The Lord says you have far enough to deal with just for today! Apply today's resources to today's needs, or you will lose today's joy.
"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, and forever" (Hebrews 13:8). That means He will be doing the same thing tomorrow that He was doing yesterday. If you have any questions about the future, look at the past. Did He sustain you then? Don't worry—He will sustain you in the future as well.
When we worry, we are saying in effect, "God, I just don't think I can place my trust in you." or as Jesus said (above) “O you of little faith” When we worry, we are choosing to be mastered by our circumstances instead of by the truth of God’s word and precious promises. In John 14:1 Jesus said “do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God, trust in me.” Jesus is saying that if our hearts are overly consumed with concerns about everything, then it means that we aren’t really trusting God. Trust him today for the strength needed to fight today.
Jesus tells us that the most important and pressing thing in life is to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Will you not seek his face today, and find help in your times of need?
Feed your soul daily on...
To whom or where do you go to find refuge from the storms of life? The Government? The doctor? The police? A close friend? So I suppose for many, it depends from whom or what you are trying to escape from.
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 1:12)
“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.” (Luke 11:10)
Do you think you are too bad for God? Do you think you’ve gone too far for God to ever want you back? Well, maybe we should let God decide that.
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)
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