S&L Devo: Do Not Worry About Tomorrow

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. ~ Matthew 6:34

One area of worry that I struggle with most is worrying about the future. The unknown and “what ifs.” It’s a constant struggle.

We recently went through a period of time (and are still coming out of it, to be honest) where my husband had lost his job, I was only working part time and we had just had our second child. Talk about worrying about the future! Despite any struggles with worry, it was a great challenge and faith builder for us. God continued to provide for all of our needs. There was never a time when we went hungry, never a time when we couldn’t pay our rent or had to do without any necessity. Now, that is in part due to the generosity of family, the thoughtfulness of friends, a little frugal shopping and the drive of my husband to provide for our family no matter what. As much as I love being independent, I still marvel at the way God causes us to depend on him, and I am forever grateful for the big and small ways he makes himself known to us.

Now, my husband has a new job and things feel a little more secure. However, there is always something to be unsure about. I worry that certain dreams for our future or our children will never come true. I worry about silly things: whether my 9 month old will ever learn to nap alone for longer than 20 minutes. Whether my 2 year old is eating enough vegetables (she’s not. But she’ll survive!). These are small potatoes compared to what worries and fears may be plaguing your thoughts today. But they are equal in the sight of God. They are all needless and He is greater. He’s called us to trust in him and focus on today. If we take care of the needs and concerns of today, we will be taking the steps necessary to take care of tomorrow.

I love that he tells us to take a look at his creation to understand his thoughtfulness towards us. Look at the birds of the air, and the lilies of the valley. They are fed and they are beautifully clothed. We are made in his image and as such we have so much more value than any other created thing. If he cares for and provides for the rest of his creation, how much more so will he care for and provide for our every need and concern. (Matthew 6:26, 28-30 paraphrased)

Another verse I take comfort in is found in Psalms 138:8, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” It tells me He’s got it under control. Everything I worry about, I do so because I mistakenly believe that it is under my control. That I have to DO something to prevent or make something happen. I do have a role to play, but ultimately God is in control of both my life and me. When I let go and let God take over, I can rest in the peace that passes all understanding.

Let me focus on the needs of today and live this day to the fullest.

If you have a need or worry on your mind and heart today, please comment below. We would love to pray along side you that God would show himself in that situation. If you’d rather not give any details, just comment “pray” and we will do just that. You can also email us with any specific prayer requests.

Birds of the Air

 

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