Aug31TueAugust 31, 2021
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Thinking about all that has happened this past year, it’s probably been a good thing that we had no idea what was coming our way. No one is immune to troubles, and the longer I live, the more if know it’s true. There may be some people more prone to worry and anxiety than others, but we can all train our thinking to alter how we experience today.
“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)
Charles Spurgeon once said “Worry doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrows. It only empties today of its strength.” Jesus understands how we are prone to worry. He faced difficult days where attacks came at him from all different directions. Jesus cried out to God the Father, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will” (Matthew 26:39).
Jesus was facing the inevitability of more suffering ahead. Who hasn’t said, “Oh no, this can’t be happening!” If you have ever prayed in desperation, you know what I mean. When you find yourself saying a prayer of desperation, then it’s time to remember Jesus. He knew that ultimately, God the Father was in control and submitted to accept His will, no matter what may come.
There are many things out of our control, and the time we spend in worry will not change the outcome. May we choose to be more like Jesus. He expressed honest emotions saying “My soul is very sorrowful. Even to death” (Matthew 26: 38). He was not in denial, nor minimizing the struggle. He talked to God about everything.
Unfortunately, there will be seasons of perseverance that we must go through. The good news is that as Christians, we also have the confidence of seeing beyond these years. We look to Jesus, “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).
Living like Jesus means that we will follow Him regardless of life's troubles. We too can honestly express our feelings to Him, acknowledge His ultimate control and look forward to being by his side in eternity.
The music band “For King & Country” sings a song with the lyrics: “God only knows what you’ve been through, God only knows where to find you, God only knows the real you.”
Today, why not take the promise of Scripture: “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you” (James 4:8). Then tomorrow, we’ll do it again, for each day has its own troubles, and we choose to live like Jesus!