Christian Devotionals

"Not to Worry "

33But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own
Matthew 6:33-34).

Many of us are burdened with legitimate cares and it’s hard not to worry. From concerns on the job to potential terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, we’re exposed to the full gamut of unsettling possibilities. Rather than obsess on these matters and glue ourselves to the newspaper or television set, we need to trust the Lord Jesus Christ and focus on the hope we have in Him. The news media will sap your spiritual strength by fueling your fears and redirecting your thoughts towards worldly concerns. Who wouldn’t be anxious after 15 minutes of CNN or worse, the local news? Right now, many of you might be worrying about the future leadership of our country now that the elections have ushered in a whole new crew of leaders. Believe me I am deeply concerned, but it’s beyond my control. I already performed my civic duty by casting my votes and might I add, nary a candidate that I voted for won. Now it’s time to leave things in God’s capable hands and trust Him with our nation and our lives.

In reference to Jesus’ words in Matthew 6, Pastor Chuck Swindoll says that we shouldn’t worry about things that we have no control over. We have no control over the future, so why worry about what may or may not happen. We do, however, have hope and hope is the fuel of the future. We need to trust in the sovereignty of Almighty God and the character and integrity of Jesus Christ. Our Savior is a loving and compassionate Shepherd. He can be trusted to do what’s best for you and your family in all situations. And remember this, our Lord loves to provide for His children. It gives Him great pleasure to provide for those who truly trust in Him. Christian writer A.W. Tozier once said that we should have the same degree of trust in God for our current concerns as our level of trust in Him at the Judgment. Do you trust in Jesus for your salvation? Then trust in Jesus to do what’s best for you right now! Unfortunately very few of us live like that. We trust Jesus with our eternal destiny, but we act as if He can’t be trusted to care for our most basic earthly needs.

Here’s my advice. Where feasible, avoid the things that bring unnecessary stress and anxiety. Put down the paper, click off the television, pick up your Bibles and read about the hope we have as children of God through saving faith in Jesus Christ. If you need courage, read the Book of Psalms. If you’re looking for wisdom, read Proverbs. Don't let the noise and busyness of the world drown out the promises God wishes to share with you.

"My soul waits in silence for God only
From Him is my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken"
Psalm 62:1-2)

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