TOMORROW’S TROUBLES

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We only worry about 3 days of our lives; YESTERDAY, TODAY or TOMORROW. Since last weeks article looked at letting go of YESTERDAY, let’s see how to handle the worries of TODAY & TOMORROW.

Everyone, at one time or another has had anxiety about some future event. We worry about making our payments, our health, or facing someone that we need to face. There are more emergency room visits & heart attacks on Sunday night & Monday morning than any other day of the week. Why? Because people are worrying about tomorrow. (I confirmed this on a recent hospital ER visit.) People are dying to go to work.

Jesus had much to say about worry over TOMORROW’S things; “Take therefore no thought for the morrow:” [Mat 6:34].  The command is for us not to fret over tomorrow, but did He give us any instructions as to how? I think He gives 2 steps, and we find them in the same passage of Mat 6:25-34.

THE REMEDY TO REDUCE WORRY

The FIRST thing we learn about reducing stress & worry is in finding PERSPECTIVE. Jesus gives 3 examples to help us gain perspective.

  • Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? [v26]
  • Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? [v27]
  • And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: [v28]

These 3 examples are there for us to have PERSPECTIVE on life. As faithful children of God, we can trust in His promise of care [cf. Psalm 37:25; 1Pet 5:7].

The SECOND thing we learn about reducing stress & worry is in taking PRIORITIZED ACTION. Jesus said it this way,

  • But seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. [v33 emphasis mine seb]

This remedy is so simple that we overlook its great power. He is teaching us about having the right PERSPECTIVE and then taking PRIORITIZED ACTION. When a person devotes himself to “seeking the kingdom of God, and His righteousness,” that person will discover the prescription from the creator on how to live, how to survive this life and how go to heaven.

Without His guidance we’re left to worry & stress over how to wander through a broken world. Jesus continues saying, “Sufficient for today are its own troubles.” [v34] This is just another way of telling us to have PERSPECTIVE and to take PRIORITIZED ACTIONS. The only affect we have on tomorrow are the activities we do today. If we seek God’s way of doing things, we’ll have made the best use of today giving the best chance for tomorrow.

This strategy helps us to better understand what is meant in James 5:14; “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

The context is about concern over tomorrow’s work without having PERSPECTIVE about the frailty of life and taking notice of the PRIORITIZED ACTION needed today. That FIRST action must be getting ourselves right with God. Paul reminds the child of God, “…behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. [2Cor 6:2b]

Would you desire peace today with release from worry? Prepare today to go to heaven and make that the first decision you make each day. Having PERSPECTIVE and deciding on a PRIORITZED ACTION, then all the rest of your decisions will have already been made. You’ll be free to concentrate on, enjoy & fully live each and every day.

Whether tomorrow comes or not, you’ll have done the very best you could possibly do. If it comes, it will begin on the very best possible footing, His righteousness.

If it doesn’t come, you’ll have ended today on the very best possible footing, having sought the kingdom of God and obeying the gospel.

—-spencer

To whom will we compare God?

There are gems throughout the bible that we fail to notice. One such gem is found in Isaiah 40. This chapter should be a great chapter of comfort to all of us.

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. – 1-8

In the opening verses we find words of comfort to an exiled people. “her iniquity is pardoned:”. Vs 5 And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. In 7-8, though flesh be weak and failing as the grass withers, the word of the Lord shall stand forever.

Faithfulness of God – 9-11

In this section we hear of the coming of the Lord GOD, with a strong hand, strong arm and His reward with with Him. Therefore we should declare it from a HIGH mountain. As a shepherd feeds his flock, He shall gather his lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom.

It reminds me of the words in the New Testament about Christ;

  • Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Heb 13:20

  • And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. 1Pe 5:4

  • I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. Joh 10:11

THE SIZE OF GOD – 12-17

Continuing the comforting words, Isaiah uses the only words he can to describe the size and power of God. Vs 12 has the waters contained in the hollow of HIS hand, able to measure out the heavens with the span of HIS hand. HE is able to measure, weigh the earth, mountains and hills in a balance.

13 & 14 asks Who teaches God? Who is HIS counselor? Who showed HIM the way? The answers are in the asking, no one. God is self existent, all knowing and all powerful.

  • Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; 1Co 1:25

Demonstrating HIS might, the author argues turns to the leaders and nations of the earth. Vs 15 calls them a drop in the bucket and as dust. In vs 16, if you were to gather all the cattle together in one place, it would fail as a sacrifice.

I live in Texas, we have a bunch of cattle. If we were to off it all to HIM, it would be insufficient.

COMPARE GOD TO WHAT!? – 18-20

Still more words of comfort in an almighty GOD, we are asked to discover a comparable being as HE. In vs 18 we find folks making images of gold & wood to which they bow themselves in worship. Laughable. They take a created thing and worship a nothing. GOD alone saves.

Have you not known. – 21-26

In this section we see the description of HIM sitting on the circle of the earth. The heavens as a tent. HE brings the princes (leaders) to nothing and makes the judges of the earth as vanity (a waste of time).

In vs 26 we see that GOD not only numbers the stars of heaven, but NAMES them. Comforting words which lead us to the final section……

Who can be hidden from God? 27-31

Many folks wonder if God even notices them. Look again at vs 26, HE sees all. As we continue to read these comforting words, GOD is everlasting, the creator and HE never faints or grows weary. We faint, vs 30 says that our strongest people grow weak, but GOD, HE gives power to the weak. HE will carry us through.

Vs 31 however, describes the conditions. They that wait upon the LORD. This is more than just hanging out, looking for HIS return. No, it’s about serving HIM. Only those that are serving HIM shall receive the eagles wings, able to run without becoming weary, able to walk without fainting.

  • Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. Ps 37:34

  • If ye love me, keep my commandments. Joh 14:15

 

 

spencer
Borger, Tx
806/274-5021

Ask me how to make your calling and election sure. 2Pet 1:10