Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Have you ever done something that consumed your thought life? Usually it is when we are trying to push away any unwanted outcomes. Maybe it is about finances, a bad investment or bad decision. Sometimes it is about a comment that may have negative results. Often, if not always, we move to the place of worry. “What if,” starts to dominate our lives. Sometimes we even get physically sick wondering what might happen. The sad reality is that worry accomplishes nothing. Even when we know this reality we battle against worry.
The bible tells us to cast all of our cares upon him (Ps. 55:22). Jesus in his teaching in the Sermon on the Mount makes the same statement and enforces the emptiness and uselessness of worry. Tomorrow will come what may and each day has enough trouble of its own.
Worry steals our strength and energy physically and our joy spiritually. It is like being in a never-ending battle and I believe it is a battle with the devil. The devil uses this strategy to keep us away from focusing on Jesus.
Remember as we approach the celebration of Easter that Jesus died for all of our sin, including bad decisions, bad investments, etc. When we trust that God will take care of us, then we have the energy for other things like helping people around us. When we begin to minister to others, we begin to win the battle against the devil, the great liar and the thief that comes to steal, kill and destroy (Jn. 10:10).
Jesus, thank you for being there when hard things and the bad things come our way. Help us to rest our minds and hearts so that we can experience your love for us and in turn love others as well.