Many of us are familiar with the sixth chapter of Matthew. It’s smack dab in the middle of the Sermon on the Mount given by none other than our precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. While I strive to live by all of His words, I am especially familiar with verses 25-34. Reading this entire passage on a daily basis would do us all some good, but I’d like for you to look at verse 27:
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (NIV)Can you? Worry is really just a smaller way to say we don’t know if God will come through. It’s our inability to trust Him to do what He says He will do which is to make all things work for the good of those who love him (Romans 8:28). We somehow think that if we add a little worry to His holy mix that things will work out better. Not so. Just the other day a friend of mine, who was going through one of the most wretched times in her life, kept asking me questions. What should I do? How long should I wait? When do you think I’ll see some change? What should I do if this happens again? I felt terrible for her. I wanted to make her wounded heart all better, add some Neosporin and a bandage and call it good. Then, very quickly, the Spirit of God prompted me to tell her this: Don’t borrow trouble from tomorrow. Today you and I need to make a stand against that worry monster who creeps up next to us and wants to steal away our tomorrows. Don’t let him. He’s your spiritual enemy and all he desires to do is see you flounder in your life and make no progress whatsoever. I have another friend who is leaning into her Savior and trusting God despite her circumstances. Her son has an inoperable brain tumor. If she can trust, certainly we can. Friend, I don’t know what you are facing or what lies ahead in your path. But I know that we serve a God who effortlessly created the world in six days and still knows how many hairs you have on your head. Praying for you today.