Do Not Worry

Everyday with God
Hello friends, it's May! This month we'll be examining both the words and the prayers of Jesus. Join us as we pay close attention to the words that Jesus spoke during his time on earth. We'll also consider how, who, and what Jesus prayed for, revealing even more of his heart. Thanks for joining us this month as we look at what Jesus said and what Jesus prayed.
What Jesus said...

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.
Today's trouble is enough for today.
Matthew 6:34
Early in his ministry, Jesus delivered this definitive and difficult to obey command by saying, 'Do not worry about tomorrow'. Our current culture identifies worry by a variety of names: anxiety, concern, apprehension, stress, panic, distress, and nervousness and more. But whatever we choose to name it, worry isn't part of God's plan for his children. Even better news is that all the commands of God are both for his glory, and for our good.
 
'Be fully present in the moment' has become a common phrase in recent years. Parenting resources, mental health professionals, podcasts and TED Talks remind us to refuse distraction, anxiety and worry so that we might take in the goodness of what is currently happening. Anxiety over what we were not designed to control (the future) robs us of the goodness we have. Our Father knows this, and Jesus reminds us that we are unqualified to manage the troubles that will come our way.
 
Rather than considering what might be distressing tomorrow, we can know that God is completely aware of all the things that will challenge us tomorrow and in the future. He is not asking us to be unprepared for tomorrow, but rather to rest in him as he cares for all the details of our lives. Jesus' words ring true to us because we know all too well that troubles, illness, disappointment, and loss are part of our experience on this side of heaven. But his word reminds us that God is at work in all of them, and we can give him glory by resting in his care.
 
'Every day, in every circumstance, God is always doing 10,000 things in your life, but you might be aware of only three of them.' John Piper

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