Matthew 6: 3-4
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
If you’d asked me last week if I was a worrier, I would have said no. But I found out this week I was wrong! Nobody likes admitting they were wrong and I’m no exception but here I am admitting just that.
Presently I’m doing a Bible study based on Elizabeth George’s book–LOVING GOD WITH ALL YOUR MIND. This week’s topic was worry. I was almost tempted to forego this week’s homework since I don’t consider worrying to be one of my weaknesses. One of the tasks we did was to write down our concerns or worries into one of two categories.
First category was TODAY.
The second was IN THE FUTURE.
I wrote down six things but the shocking thing was that four of them were concerned with the future and only two for that specific day. Wow! That was an eye opener. And the truth was I could have written four or five or even more under IN THE FUTURE. I had no idea how many of my concerns are about the future.
I’ve been in horrible pain for the last several weeks as I go through a treatment regimen for the third time, but this past week has been even worse. The pain has been almost unbearable. I was feeling so discouraged and hopeless. It felt as if I was never going to get better.
As I looked at that list, I immediately changed the way I prayed. Instead of praying for the “big” things–like healing my brain tumors, I simply prayed for enough grace to face the day in a godly way–for God’s favor and mercy for that day.
And you know what?
I did have a better day. And the next day the pain improved a bit more, but even more important I had God’s peace again. So I’m determined to stay focused on this day and only this day. As the verse said, tomorrow will take care of itself.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t pray for the big things because we should, but I’m saying we need to focus our energies on one day at a time, especially when we’re in a difficult time. When we start to think too much about all the things that might happen in the future, we stop living in the present. We stop living in faith which can lead to us losing our hope, our peace, and our joy.
So…. WORRY NOT!
YOUR TURN: How about you? Maybe it’s time to make your own list and see what category your worries or concerns fall under– TODAY or IN THE FUTURE.