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A Weekly Word from your Pastor 7.22.2020

A Weekly Word from your Pastor

Worry

‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

I want to say this as lovingly as possible. If you worry then you do not trust. Worry is the opposite of trust. When we worry about things we have no control over we fail to trust God who knows everything. We flourish on worry. We worry about life, health, money, jobs, relationships, church and on and on it goes. Yet when do we learn to trust God in all of these affairs and quit worrying.

Jesus spends several minutes on this very word. In the Sermon on the Mount where we see so many of Jesus’ directions He spends considerable amount of time on telling us not to worry. We listen to the beatitudes in chapter 5. We hear and quote the Lord’s Prayer in chapter 6. We like the story of the men who built their house on the rock and sand in chapter 7. But we seem to gloss over the teaching about worry in chapter 6. Six times in 10 verses Jesus tells us that we shouldn’t worry. Yet we all worry. We might try and explain it away, but we worry.

What will happen if? What if this happens? But how do you know that will not happen? Are you sure you need to do that something might happen? We are not entrenched in worrisome society. Sometimes I think God is looking down saying, “They do not trust me at all!”

I am not saying we should cast all common sense to the wind. I believe we have to use the mind God has given us to do our best at whatever we go about doing. Yet we often borrow worry when we have no idea what is to come. Someone says it might happen and for some of us it might as well happen because we are already thinking the worse. We have all been there, right?

I want to encourage you to listen to Jesus. Tomorrow has enough trouble of its own. Don’t worry God has your back. Don’t worry God is paving the way for you. Don’t worry it you die and you are saved better days are ahead. If you have concerns that blossom into worry hear the words of Peter, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7.)

Don’t waste another day worrying about things you cannot control. Let God handle it. Trust Him with your life and you will not be disappointed.

Dear Jesus, help us each and every to trust you more. Help us to put our worries behind us and let you lead the way. Give us more faith to trust you even when we can’t see ahead. Help us to remember that you know all things. Thanks for loving us and taking care of us. In Christ name we pray, Amen.

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