30th November 2015

Worry

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

How often do we hear someone say, “There just aren’t enough hours in the day,” or on retirement, “How did I find time to go to work?”  We start worrying about tomorrow, today—will we get there on time, what shopping do we need, plus all the complex demands that come from looking after a home and family, plus earning a living, paying all the bills on time, and on and on it goes.  At the end of the day we can feel completely overwhelmed and exhausted.  Worry itself is exhausting.

Jesus tells us not to worry about all these things in Matthew 6:25-33, and then in verse 34 He says don’t worry about tomorrow. Enough is enough, time to switch off, whether it has been a good day or a bad day, it’s over.  Just take one day at a time.

Sleep renews your mind and body and the next day everything looks different.  One of my mother’s favourite sayings was, “Don’t worry, it may never happen,” and she was nearly always right.  Lamentations 3:22-23 say God’s compassions never fail, they are new every morning.

If someone says, “Don’t worry about it,” we can think it’s OK for them to say that—they are not facing the problem.  It reminds me of the joke about Rudyard Kipling’s poem, “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, then you don’t understand the problem!”

We know there is one who does understand the problem.  Jesus has been there and understands all things.  How often do we find that He has already dealt with it for us even before we knew we had a problem?  He is not only beside us, but way out in front too.  He knows about tomorrow, today.

Prayer
Lord, whose way is perfect, help us always to trust in your goodness, that you will be with us tomorrow as you were today.  Keep us walking with you in all simplicity that we may possess a quiet and contented mind, and may cast all care on You, for you care for us.
Amen

Study by Hilary Wells

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hilary wellsAbout the Author:
Hilary Wells is a member of the Bournemouth Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local  Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Bournemouth
St. Leonards and St. Ives Village Hall
Braeside Road
St. Leonards
RINGWOOD BH24 2PH

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Local Congregational Contact:
David Silcox
Phone:  01727-893237
Email: david_silcox@wcg.org.uk

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