Sunday, July 10, 2016

Devotion: Don’t Worry

Worry is not a good thing.  It is definitely not something that is of God.  We are told that we really shouldn’t worry about anything because God takes care of everything.

“So my counsel is: Don’t worry about things—food, drink, and clothes.  For you already have life and a body—and they are far more important than what to eat and wear.  Look at the birds!  They don’t worry about what to eat—they don’t need to sow or reap or store up food—for your heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are.  Will all your worries add a single moment to your life?  And why worry about your clothes?  Look at the field lilies!  They don’t worry about theirs.  Yet King Solomon in all his glory was not clothed as beautifully as they.  And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you, O men of little faith?  So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing.  Why be like the heathen?  For they take pride in all these things and are deeply concerned about them.  But your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and he will give them to you if you give him first place in your life and live as he wants you to.  So don’t be anxious about tomorrow.  God will take care of your tomorrow too.  Live one day at a time” (Matthew 6:25-34 TLB).

We are told, “not to worry about anything.”  God really does “take care of everything.”  He is “always on time.”  You just have to “be still and wait on the Lord.”  God wants us to “give him all of our worries and all of our cares.”  God want us to “trust him.”  God wants us to “depend on him.”

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes” (Psalm 37:7 NLT).  “Trust in the Lord instead.  Be kind and good to others; then you will live safely here in the land and prosper, feeding in safety.  Be delighted with the Lord.  Then he will give you all your heart’s desires.  Commit everything you do to the Lord.  Trust him to help you do it, and he will.  Your innocence will be clear to everyone.  He will vindicate you with the blazing light of justice shining down as from the noonday sun” (Psalm 37:3-6 TLB).  “Give your burdens to the Lord.  He will carry them.  He will not permit the godly to slip or fall” (Psalm 55:22 TLB).  “Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3 TLB).  “If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up.  Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you” (I Peter 5:6-7 TLB).

So, do not worry about anything.  We have been told that God is never blind to our tears, that he is never deaf to our prayers and that he is never silent to our pain.  God sees everything, he hears all, and he’s never too far.

“Wherever you are going, God has already been there and paved the way for you” (Matthew 6:27-30).

It has been said that, “God has a key for every problem, a light for every shadow, a relief for every sorrow, and a plan for every tomorrow.”  God always has something for us.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.  If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.  His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 TLB).

So once you have knelt down and prayed, do not sit around worrying, wondering, and doubting.  Have faith in God and trust that things will work out, maybe not the way you planned but the way it was intended to work out.  If you want to succeed, then stop worrying and just let God be God.  He’s got this all covered.

We always give thanks to God for the ability to share our commentary with you.  We constantly pray that you will be blessed as well as informed by it and that you will be the better for having read it.  If you are blessed by them, please share so that others may be blessed as well.  Amen.

Enjoy your blessings. - KW

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