Worry doesn’t take away today’s Coronavirus concern or tomorrow’s problems. Worry only steals your peace. Faith in God’s promises causes fear and worry to flee.
Why Do You Worry
In our world, uncertainty has become the new normal for us. It seems that every facet of life at work and at home has transitioned to an “expect the unexpected” worldview. Things that at one time did not really cause us to fear have now become the stuff of which our minds are perplexed with anxiety and indecision. All too often we hear the words, “I don’t know what is gonna happen!”
Where do we go when life becomes so unstable that we wonder about the long term relationships and economic factors that have been a part of our core values and coping mechanisms? Who do we lean on in the times of such widespread panic and fear? We have no reference point, for we have never been this way before! We are in uncharted waters, without power and seemingly adrift, and subject to the next storm or uncontrollable circumstance.
But I want to state emphatically, that “this is the day that the Lord has made, and His people will rejoice and be glad in it.” Our God caused the sun to rise and set upon this day, and by His hand and by His guiding eye, He controls the affairs of nations, and all things are under His purview. He speaks, and winds and waves obey Him. He rolls out the heavens, feeds the sparrows, clothes the lilies, and rides upon the waters, and sits upon the clouds. All things consist by Him, and all things are upheld by the Word of His mouth.
How does a believer deal with worry without being fatalistic, reckless, or denying reality? The truth is that life is uncertain! We don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but Jesus tells us that what happens tomorrow is already dealt with today. All of our tomorrows come under the commitment of the last verse of the prayer the Lord taught us to pray, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.”
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
It always has, and always will come down to trusting God. My God not only CAN, but he WILL do what he has promised He never said the cross would not be heavy. He never promised a victory without fighting.
But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. He’s NOT promised a life without the scary things, or hard things or dangerous things. NO! He didn’t promise a life without battles and hardships. But in every temptation, He will make a way.
What He has promised is a life that where worry exists, it can be relieved in knowing the God who has already given you all that you need to have a life after this life, a life forever away from the sad and scary, the dangerous and the difficult.He is a Savior Who so highly valued each of us, that he was willing to give his life so that we might have that perfect life, and live with Him eternally in the joy of the Lord. Amen.