Matthew 6:34: Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
I must admit that I have not followed the advice of Jesus lately on worrying about tomorrow. Over the last week, I have taken my problems and worries to bed with me and ended up awake well before morning. When we worry and focus on our problems rather than upon God, we end up not trusting in God and we fail to believe that He has our best interests in mind. Jesus doesn’t suggest that God will solve our problems quickly or that God will solve our problems in the manner that we request. Our duty to God is to trust and have faith that the challenges we face and endure will make us stronger followers of Christ. Paul, in Romans 5: 3-4 reminds us that, “suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” The Christian hope is trusting and believing that one day we will be delivered from our suffering and better understand God’s plan.
Many times, it’s difficult if not impossible, for us to understand how some present suffering could produce these qualities that Paul writes about. It’s equally difficult to endure these periods of doubt and hurt as we wonder when our situation in life will begin to improve. We begin to doubt that God is watching over us and working behind the scenes to get us to a better place. That is the work of the evil one, putting doubt and fear in our mind and heart. Satan’s main objective is to destroy our faith and trust in God.
This past week I have tried to begin each day by thanking God for all of the many blessings that He has given me. My family is one of my greatest blessings and I strive to be more mindful to realize every day how blessed I am because of my family. I am also thankful for the health and safety of my family as well. Focusing on the many ways that God cares for my family helps to ease my worrying.
Ultimately, I know that God is in control of my life and as a believer in Christ; I am assured that my present suffering will lead to the hope, the promise of an eternal life in the presence of God. And there will be no more suffering or pain because the worries and hurts of this world will no longer exist. In the meantime, help me to trust you God and to have an even greater faith that your way is best.