The Lord has been talking to me quite a bit lately about not worrying about tomorrow…in other words, stopping dwelling on the future and circumstances I cannot control. Usually, when it comes to things that carry a certain amount of import, I like to plan and prepare, organize and think ahead. With other things that have less weight to them, I’m pretty laid back and flexible and just go with the flow. But the Lord has been repeatedly showing me that in everything, I have to trust Him. I cannot possibly plan ahead enough, think things through enough, or trouble-shoot enough to manage a particular outcome. I have to trust HIM for the results.
This is difficult. I think most of us struggle with it, and it can be a constant battle. It is so tempting to put our hands on a situation that the Lord has said, “Don’t touch. Let go. Let Me take care of this. Sit back. Spend time with Me. Listen for My Spirit to speak to you. Let Me fight for you. Trust Me…” This doesn’t usually mean that there is nothing to do. Depending on the situation, there are mostly like some logical steps to take, things that must be done, taken care of, but beyond that…the Lord is saying: “Hands off.”
Most of us are familiar with Matthew 6:25-34. In this passage, Jesus talks in detail about not worrying and how the Lord takes care of His creation, including us. He ends the passage with this: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” We are to seek God. He will take care of us. Consider today. Trust Him for tomorrow.
But how do we do that practically? Sometimes it’s a moment by moment battle. We have a very real enemy ready to distract us, doing his best to keep us from seeking and trusting the Lord. He’s very effective in helping us to keep our eyes on our situation, breathing suggestions of worry and doubt when the Lord has very clearly directed us not to. So what do we do? We follow Paul’s instruction in 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
And the truth is, my friends, we cannot possibly know what is going to happen tomorrow anyway, let alone try to control it. In fact, James warns us about this: “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ ” James 4:13-15
Today, if like me you’ve struggled a bit with worrying about tomorrow…stop. Together, let’s moment by moment take our thoughts captive, submit them to the Lord, seek Him, trust Him, and rest in His Presence and His promises.
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