In Matthew 6:34, Jesus says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
This has always been one of my favorite scriptures because Jesus is such a beautiful example to us of one who could have worried about many things but always chose to trust His Father. He could have worried about the agonizing crucifixion before Him and the betrayal of a beloved disciple. He knew everything that was going to happen to Him, and He could have worried about it all.
The Bible says in Hebrews 4:15, “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Although Jesus was tempted in every way we are tempted, He never sinned. So you can absolutely say that just as you and I are tempted to worry and waste our precious time, energy, and mental abilities, Jesus also was tempted in that very same way. He understands when we are tempted to worry, and He is there to help us. As we turn to Him, trust Him, and make room for His presence, it gives us the power to turn from worry and to rest in Him.
Jesus was also implying in Matthew 6:34 that every day is a gift, and every day has tremendous opportunities if we can see them for what they are and can recognize the gift of those 24 hours and how to wisely spend them.
Let me explain, and I will use myself as an example.
A few months ago, I was studying the Bible a lot about the word “worry.” But I woke up one morning and found myself worrying about a particular situation. After an hour, I said to the Lord, “Lord, I have been worrying for one hour.” For one hour, I had been wasting my precious time!
Maybe you’ve never done that, but more than likely you, too, have worried at one time or another. When we are worrying, we are taking the problem out of God’s hands — the hands that can do anything — and putting it into our own hands, which can do very little.
That’s what I was doing for that one hour — keeping the problem for myself to resolve. Did I find a solution? No. And I was convicted by the Holy Spirit that by worrying, I was actually limiting God from helping me with my situation.
Philippians 4:6,7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” In the phrase “be anxious for nothing” in the Greek language, there is a tiny little word ti, which means every teensy, tiny, minute, little detail. God cares about every teensy, tiny, minute little detail of your life.
Look again at His promise in Philippians. If we hand over our cares and concerns to Him, the peace of God, which surpasses our own understanding, will guard and protect our heart and mind. It is one small act of taking the time — the time we would have wasted worrying — to talk to Him about the problem instead. So rather than having an upset stomach or becoming angry with someone around us, we can be flooded with the peace of God.
This is what was on my heart to share with you this month because every single day we have a choice to keep trusting God, seeing Him as bigger than our problems, and receiving His care and His presence in our situation. Every day we must make the choice to open the door to His power and presence and to shut the door to worry and care. Every day we must choose to shut the door to sickness in our body — and other negative effects in our life — as a result of worry, and open the door to the peace of God flooding our heart and our mind.
I pray for you as I pray for myself that we will continue to look to God’s Word and to see His Word as our stability and our answer. We need His help to turn from trusting in our own abilities and to begin to trust in Him.
I will close with this verse in Proverbs 3:1,2: “…Do not forget my law, but let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you.” Friend, His promise is right there. It’s for you, and it’s for me. Let’s open the door to receive His peace.
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Thank you again for joining me. It is my prayer that I was able to encourage you today through these words.
We are moving forward together,