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8th January: Worry

Do not ask anxiously ... your heavenly Father knows ... Matthew 6:31-32 (NEB)

The child brought up in a well-provided home with normal security is not anxious about tomorrow's needs because he has complete confidence in his parents' will and ability to provide as they always have done. Unless the parents have, through negligence or through circumstances beyond their control, failed to make provision, the child's attitude is unquestioning.

When does worry begin? It begins when we become more mature, realise our place in time and start to look into the future and see our parents' limitations. But our heavenly Father has no such limitations apart from those we impose on him. Worry is always concerned with tomorrow and its tomorrows. Most of us can cope with today, even if it is agonisingly difficult. But a vista of endless tomorrows may be too much to hear. Jesus says that we must use our energy in promoting the kingdom of God: the human material needs can and must be left to the Father's care.

It is for the heathen to consume their nervous energy in worrying about the future. Our heavenly Father knows we have need of all these things, and he has no limitations. He is master of circumstances.

To worry is not to trust; to trust is not to worry. `Do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself. Each day has troubles enough of its own' (Mt 6:34 NEB).

How God will lead
Throughout the year
We cannot tell -
But this is sure, all will be well
And every need supplied
With Christ
As Guide.
R E Cleeve.

Further reading: 1 Kings 17:1-16. Psalm 121


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