‘Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.’ Matthew 6:25 NIV
If God lives within you, shouldn’t it be obvious? How can you say you trust Him and then worry obsessively about your health, your kids, your job, and your finances? Concern is one thing, but worry is an affront to the God who has never let you down.
Paul writes, ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace.’ (Philippians 4:6–7 NLT) Pray or worry—those are your options. Why did Jesus say, ‘Take no thought for tomorrow’? (See Matthew 6:34.) Because when you take thought you try to take control. And when that happens peace goes out the window!
Worry is like a snowball; it starts small, and as you keep rolling it forward it becomes big enough to bury you. All that’s necessary to keep a stationary train from moving forward are two 15 cm blocks of wood, but once it builds up momentum it will crash through a two-metre-thick wall. So stop the worry train before it leaves the station!
God says, ‘My grace is sufficient for you.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV) God will give you only what you need for today; that way you have to keep trusting Him for tomorrow. The Bible tells us Jesus is the Good Shepherd who ‘calls His own sheep by name and… He walks ahead of them.’ (John 10:3–4 NLT)
How wonderful. He’s already gone ahead of you to arrange everything. Knowing that should help you face tomorrow, confident that God will take care of you.
SoulFood: Ezra 1–2, John 6:25–34, Ps 98, Pro 24:15–18
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023