TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:34 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• Yesterday, I spent an hour working on my husband’s phone. And then, I spent over two hours on Verizon chat. As I explained to the Verizon agent, “He can’t hear on the phone call. It’s like whispering on the other end. He can only hear if he puts the phone to speaker.” The Verizon chat agent’s first question to me was, “Did you try adjusting the volume?”
Insert a facepalm here.
I resisted the urge to be snarky since I found it such a stupid question… I was nice in my response because there are those who maybe would forget to think of so simple a solution.
While the phone is going to have to be replaced, sometimes, the answers really are that simple. We bemoan circumstances and try to read into meanings looking for answers. And in the middle of that, we forget that God often speaks to us in whispers (1 Kings 19:11-12). And He always keeps it simple. Not necessarily easy. But simple.
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Simple. Seek God and His will before your own. When you do that, God will take care of you. This verse follows the passage about sparrows and lilies and is followed up by these words, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).
In short, it’s simple. Don’t worry about yesterday. It’s gone. Don’t worry about tomorrow. God knows what’s going to happen and what you need. And just focus on the moment in which God has placed you.
Y’all, I’m the world’s biggest hypocrite to be telling anyone not to be anxious. I can out-worry anyone… I’d probably win gold if worry was an Olympic event. Worry is my natural inclination. But the solution is simple. Trust God. He knows. He cares. He provides.
He doesn’t make this complicated. We have to remember that in the 66 books of the Bible, God never once failed to come through. He is trustworthy! Why do we think ours is the one situation He can’t handle? He might not handle it the way we want Him to, but to think our problems are too big for God? Well, that’s just arrogance on our part.
Just as I facepalmed over the Verizon agent, I think God often facepalms over us and our worry. I can imagine Him saying, “Just let it go. Set the problem down right there. Yes, right there. Now back away. Nope nope nope! Just leave it! Put it back down. Right, you can trust Me… I said I’ll handle it! Oh c’mon! Would you just. Let. Go. Of. The. Problem!”
If I asked what is worrying you today, I’m sure a lot of eye-rolls would happen. Duh. COVID-19… Finances… Worldwide pandemic… I get it. But better yet, God gets it. He knows what we’re worried about. He knows what else you’re worried about that existed pre-pandemic. He’s got this. Let’s take Him at His word.
Today, as you pray, thank God for His control. Thank Him for being bigger than all our problems. And thank Him for His demonstrated track record of coming through for all who seek Him. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you set your worries and anxieties down at the feet of Jesus… and then trust Him to handle them.
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