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How much we worry and how many of our worries are unfounded?
Unhealthy worrying can cripple us to the point of making us ineffective and unable to cope with life’s challenges. It can also lead to depression. We worry over sickness, viruses, finances, family, children, salt, sugar, unforeseen dangers and many other things.
The Longman Dictionary describes worry as ‘an uncomfortable feeling in the mind, caused by a mixture of fear and uncertainty’.
Sadly, according to experts, worry can also take a heavy toll on our physical and mental health. Dr. Charles Mayo once said,
‘Worry affects the circulation and the whole nervous system. I’ve never known a man who died from overwork, but I’ve known many who have died from doubt’.
So, what are you worrying about today?
A lot of our stress and discouragement is caused either by unfounded or maybe even real fears and anxieties. The Lord Jesus however said in Matthew 6:34
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”.
He was advising us to take each day as it comes, trusting Him. That’s a great antidote for anxiety and we should consider doing so for the following reasons.
Because We Can’t Control Tomorrow
There is no point in worrying about tomorrow, because no one is assured of a tomorrow. God holds the times and seasons in His hand. Proverbs 16:9 tells us that “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps”. That’s a good reason to commit each day and our future plans into God’s hands and to receive His strength for our anxieties. Only He can control our tomorrow.
Because There Is Enough Trouble For Today
In Matthew 6:34, Jesus said. “… Do not worry about tomorrow, …Each day has enough trouble of its own”.
Not only can’t we control tomorrow, but we do not know what may happen today. In fact, some of us going through severe crisis situations may dread the dawning of a new day. I once read that there are two possible ways people could wake up in the morning. One group cheerfully says, ‘Good morning, Lord”, while the other says, ‘Good Lord, its morning’! Let’s place our today in God’s hands for He is always in control. We are then assured of His providence, protection and provision.
It is interesting that God identifies Himself in the scriptures in the present tense as, ‘I am’. He is therefore a God of the present; a God of today. Sadly, many people are either living with regret over the past or with anxiety over the future. For those living with regret over the past, Paul says in Philippians 3:13, ‘But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind….I press on..’, while for those worrying over their future he says, “Do not be anxious about anything” and then encourages us to trust in the power of praying to God (Philippians 4:6). Paul trusted in God’s grace every day.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God… And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6 & 7
God calls us to guard our hearts and minds carefully. (Proverbs 4:23)
He also gives us amazing insight as He tells us how HE will also guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. It isn’t all up to us. Yes, we make the choice to pay attention to what we allow to settle there. We need to choose wisely and bring our thoughts and concerns to Him for His help.
And then God does the amazing and gives us a peace in our hearts that is beyond understanding! This peace itself guards our hearts and minds from dangerous stress and hasty, unwise choices. Thanksgiving is a key.
Everyday there is much to be thankful for. There is also much to keep one feeling anxious and worried. Yet God calls you to live in thanksgiving and in peace. Worry only gives way to fear and fear will displace your faith causing anxiety to grow. God tells us to let faith take the upper hand and cover over the fear that tries to slip in and rob you of peace. Let the truth of His word change your anxious heart and mind and let worry be your call to prayer.
Dear God, Fill my heart and mind with the recollection of all I have to say “thank you” for. Thank you that as I take responsibility for guarding my heart and bringing my fears to You, YOU also guard my heart and mind with Your amazing peace. What a wonderful exchange! Today I turn my worried thoughts over to you and ask You to preside over the details of my life. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my eyes on you.” Psalm 32:8
I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other. We all basically lived by the same rules. We kids felt free to wander our five or six block radius, but we knew if we did something bad our mothers would know about it before we got home for dinner. Neighbours’ eyes were watching! It offered a deep sense of security but also felt a bit stifling at times, especially as I grew older and more daring.
God’s Word provides guidelines by which we believers should live. The Holy Spirit reminds us of them, tapping on our souls when we are tempted to veer off the path. At times, He sets others in our lives to help keep us accountable.
God sees everything. We cannot hide anything from Him. In fact, He knows what’s on our minds before we decide whether or not to act. As David asked in another psalm, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” (Psalm 139:7).
We can either find that close observation comforting or stifling. It depends on our attitude.
It helps me to remember that my vision is limited to the “right now” and by what I recall as the past, often coloured by my emotions. Our Father in Heaven sees beyond time and space. He sees yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And He always acts in my best interest. Realizing that, I find security in His counsel as He keeps His eye on me.
How about you?
Holy Father, thank you for always being on the lookout for me. Continue to guide and counsel me. Fill me with your Word. Keep my mind, heart, and soul open to the promptings of your Holy Spirit as I journey down this path within the boundaries you have set. Amen.
“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
Out of the attacks of evil come the victories of God and the victory chants of God’s people. Let’s find our strength and protection in our holy God! Let’s make God our hiding place, our source of security, and our hope in times of trouble.
Father, thank you for the confidence I have in your power and your might to deliver me from every attack of the evil one. You are worthy of all glory, honor, power, and praise. In the name of your Son and my Lord, Jesus Christ, I thank you for deliverance and praise you for you might. Amen.
Have you ever come to the Lord in repentance, confessing your wrongdoing, and yet still felt guilty? Sometimes the problem is that we can’t forgive ourselves. Therefore, we go into a self-punishing mode, repeatedly replaying the sin until we feel unworthy not only of pardon but also of blessings, answers to prayer, and the Father’s love. Eventually we build a prison of guilt because our offence seems unforgivable.
But what does such behaviour tell us about our faith in God and our estimation of ourselves? According to the Bible, our Father freely bestows forgiveness on the basis of His Son’s payment of our sin debt—and has removed our transgression “as far as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:12). Is our refusal to forgive ourselves a way of saying we consider Christ’s sacrifice insufficient? In other words, is our standard of righteousness higher than the Lord’s?
Two men in Scripture teach us about the importance of accepting God’s full forgiveness. One is Peter, who denied knowing Christ, and the other is Paul, who persecuted Christians. The Bible gives no evidence that either one of them refused to forgive himself. Although their offences were great and both men probably regretted their actions, they received God’s forgiveness and lived in the freedom of His grace.
To be free of an unforgiving spirit toward ourselves, we must realize it’s the result of self-focus. Instead of believing the truth of God’s forgiveness, we’ve been relying on our own feelings and making them superior to His Word. It’s time to humble ourselves and place trust in God—not in our feelings.
“Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.” Psalm 31:5
Esther was running out of time. The doctor pronounced her condition terminal.
When Alice dropped by to see her, Esther blurted out,
“I’m afraid of what comes after I die! God can’t forgive what I’ve done!”
Alice prayed silently before responding.
“Sometimes it’s easier for us to feel guilty than forgiven.
Maybe you need a new reason for living.”
Alice gently shared a story of a judge who stepped down from the bench.
He took upon himself the sentence that the guilty man deserved.
Alice explained that Christ’s death paid the penalty for Esther’s wrongdoing.
She was guilty. But God loved her so much He provided a way for her to be forgiven.
Esther trusted Jesus for His forgiveness and was no longer afraid of death.
Have you ever opened up your heart to God and asked Him to enable you to become the person He created you to be? If you would like to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you can say this sample prayer:
Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.
This is how it starts. One simple prayer of surrender.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33)
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
When we look at the world news, our hearts tend to get frightened. So much unrest, violence, fear! Jesus predicted it would be this way. “In this world you will have trouble,” he said. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
How can we as Christians still have peace in our hearts and make a difference in our world?
Paul gives us some practical steps: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).
—Devote yourselves to prayer for your families, church leaders, governments, refugees…
Is there a friend or neighbor you could team up with for prayer on a weekly basis?
—Being watchful. Instead of looking at the problem, keep your eyes on Jesus. As long as Peter kept looking at the Lord Jesus, he walked on water. The moment he focused on the waves, he began to sink. Readjusting our focus may mean spending more time reading God’s Word and less time on watching the news on television.
—Be thankful that no matter what happens in the world, God is still in control. He is never ringing His hands saying, “What am I going to do?” The atrocities committed on innocent refugees, families, children and youths sadden His heart. Pray that they will feel God’s nearness and that they will get the help they need. Perhaps we can help with a donation.
Be thankful for your daily blessings. Write them down in a gratitude journal.
We can rest assured that no matter what happens in the world, Jesus Christ is still the victorious One and Our Sovereign Lord. “I know that you can do all things,” Job said. “No plan of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).
“I lift up my eyes to the hills from where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord the maker of the heavens and the earth.” Psalms 121:1-2
Sometimes we do not feel like we want to feel.
Sometimes we do not achieve what we want to achieve.
Sometimes things that happen do not make sense.
Sometimes life leads us in directions that are beyond our control.
It is at these times, most of all that we need someone who will quietly understand us and be there to support us
The Lord is saying....
I want you to know that I am here for you in every way, in every situation
in every perplexity, every turmoil and confusion that you go through, I go through with you, you are not alone, and remember that though things may be difficult now – tomorrow is a new day.
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your love, O Lord, endures forever — do not abandon the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8
Thoughts on today’s verse
God has a purpose and plan for each of our lives. The greatest thing we can do is to find that purpose and live it out. We can trust his purpose in us because it is based on his wisdom and love. As long as we seek his will, we’re not going to do anything that can ultimately spoil his purpose in us. Yes, we may at times stray from the perfect channel he wants us to travel, but we never get totally out of the main channel. As long he does not abandon us, (and he promised he never would forsake us he will use us) for his purposes.
O Sovereign God, help me discern today what my life is intended to fulfill. Thank you for loving me and promising to walk beside me every step of my life. I live trusting that you will never forsake me. Through Jesus I pray. Amen.
“Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, ‘I will never, never fail you nor forsake you’” Hebrews 13:5
Malcolm Muggeridge, one of England’s leading intellectuals, came to our Christian Embassy headquarters for lunch one day. Together we talked about the things of God – the Christian adventure. On that day, he offered little hope for the future of the Western world.
“We are,” he said, “like a pan of frogs in cold water placed over a low flame. As the flame warms the water, the frogs relax. And by the time the water is boiling, it is too late for them to jump out of the pan. They are boiled alive. In contrast, if the frogs were placed in a pan of boiling water, they would leap out instantly.”
He continued by explaining that the average person in N. America and in Western Europe was being destroyed by materialism, the love of money and the love of things. People are greedy and are grasping for more than they have. Our appetites know no bounds; we have become insatiable.
As a result, no doubt there is more vital Christianity in Eastern Germany than in Western Germany, in Poland than in Italy, in the Soviet Union than in England. The Christians who are willing to pay the price of persecution in these countries have learned to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and to be satisfied with what they have.
With the apostle Paul, they are able to say, “I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11, KJV). You will observe that the admonition was to stay away from the love of money. There is nothing wrong with money. Thank God for able, dedicated, godly men and women to whom God has given the ability to make money, but who recognize that there is no satisfaction or fulfillment in making money. It is in the stewardship of that which God has entrusted to them that they find fulfillment and true meaning to life.
Bible Reading: Ephesians 5:1-5
Today’s Action Point: With the certainty that God will never, never fail me nor forsake me, I will seek to find fulfillment and meaning in my life in Christ and not in materialism. I will encourage others to do the same today.
Question: Consider the wisdom of Proverbs 30:8: “Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread.” Can you examine your life to ensure you are following this admonition today?