Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Don't Worry about Tomorrow

It is said that worry is wasting today’s time to clutter up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s trouble. Consider the things we worry about. The average individual’s worries can be divided into four categories. First, which constitute 40% of worries, are the things that will never happen. Second, which constitute 30% of it, are things over and past that can’t be changed by all the worry in the world. Third, constitute 22% of which that are petty and needless worries. And fourthly – only 8% of the whole – are legitimate worries.

William Arthur Ward warned, “Worry distorts our thinking, disrupts our work, disquiets our soul, disturbs our body, disfigures our face. It destroys our friends, demoralizes our life, defeats our faith, and debilitates our energy.” Worry, in the Scriptures, produces threefold reaction (no Bible quotes needed. These are general, most obvious truths): First, God’s love is doubted. Worry implies that He cares little for His Christ’s blood-washed children. Second, God’s wisdom is doubted. Worry indicates that He is not able to plan for His own children, that He does not know what is best for them who belong to Him. And thirdly, God’s power is doubted. Worry says His grace is not sufficient for our needs.

We need not to worry about tomorrow because in Christ, God is with us. Never doubt His love, wisdom and power in our lives. Jesus in His famous sermon said: “[Do] not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:25, 34, NIV). Worry is not the way His children ought to lives. Our mission is not to worry about tomorrow but to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (6:33) today!

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