Don't Worry About Tomorrow
Do you have a tendency to worry? Why did Jesus specifically tell us not to worry about tomorrow? How can you avoid worrying?
This week's devotional explores how we can prevent ourselves from worrying and cultivate a deeper trust in God.
”Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”It is very difficult to be in business and not worry about anything yet Jesus commands us not to worry about our lives, what we will eat, what we will drink, or about our bodies, what we will put on (Matthew 6:25). How realistic is this command to entrepreneurs? How can you not worry about tomorrow when you have deadlines to meet, bills due, and do not see a way to realize them? I do not know about you but when cash flow is tight and payroll is due, it is very difficult for me to not be concerned. When a deadline is quickly approaching and production is running behind for a major client, it is hard not to worry. And when there is no money in the bank and investors’ money or a bank loan is due, how can I not worry?
As difficult as it may be, if Jesus commanded us not to worry, this means it is possible not to worry. The question is how do we prevent ourselves from worrying when we are facing real business issues? What is the true cause of our worry?
To worry is to be overly concerned about a matter to the point of anxiety. It is taking personal responsibility for the outcome of a matter and denying God’s power and promises. It is putting your trust in your own ability more than God’s. In Matthew 6, before Jesus commands us not to worry, He states that no one can serve two masters because if he does, he will be loyal to one and despise the other. This gives us a clue to the source of our worry; the two master syndrome. We worry when we believe the lie of the enemy more than the truth of God. When we believe the lie of the enemy, it means we fear him more than we fear God. When we fear the enemy more than God, we are subconsciously saying that he is more real than God is. We then take matters into our own hands (or heads) and start to worry; which means we are serving two masters. In order to stop worrying, we must fear God only, making Him our only master.
How to avoid worrying about tomorrow:
- Know that your life is more important than things; if God can preserve your life, He can provide you with what you need (Matthew 6:25).
- Accept that if God can provide for birds who do not work, He can provide for you (Matthew 6:26).
- Realize that worrying will not add any value to your situation (Matthew 6:27).
- Cultivate your faith in God’s ability and promises (Matthew 6:28-30).
- Trust that God knows everything you need (Matthew 25:31-32).
- Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
- Focus your attention on the problems of today and leave tomorrow to God (Matthew 6:34).
Worry is like the flu, it comes and goes based on external circumstances and how weak your immune system is. You cannot change your external circumstances but you can strengthen your immune system. Strengthening your immune system requires you to study the Word of God and believe His promises. As you do that, focus your energy on addressing the problems before you today and by the time you get to tomorrow’s problems, you will see that God already paved the path for you, making it easier for you to address your challenges. Have you noticed that you worry about the future and never about the present? When you are tempted to worry, just begin to thank God for what He is doing in the present and commit your concern for the future to Him since there is nothing you can do about it.
My prayer for you is that God will give you the grace to be thankful for what He is doing in your life today and commit your concern for tomorrow to Him.
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