“God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
[MATTHEW 6:34 MSG]
Worry Dishonors God
You look at tomorrow’s demands, next week’s bills, next month’s silent calendar. Your future looks as barren as the Sinai Desert. “How can I face my future?” . . .
God knows what you need and where you’ll be. . . . Trust him. “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes” (Matthew 6:34 MSG).
The Greek word for worry, merimnao, stems from the verb merizo (divide) and nous (mind). Worry cleavers the mind, splitting thoughts between today and tomorrow. Today stands no chance against it. Fretting over tomorrow’s problems today siphons the strength you need for now, leaving you anemic and weak.
Worry gives small problems big shadows. Montaigne said, “My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.”3 Corrie ten Boom commented, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.”4 Worry scuttles our lives, hurts us, and most sadly, dishonors God.
[EVERY DAY DESERVES A CHANCE]
When demands or disasters come our way, help us trust you. Help us trust you to guide us safely through the storms of life. Help us turn to you for guidance when we feel lost and confused. Most of all, help us remember your loving faithfulness that has never failed, Amen.
In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.
For You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD shall enlighten my darkness.
[2 SAMUEL 22:29]