Matthew 6:25-34
Dr. E Stanley Jones, profoundly said: “Worry is the interest we pay on tomorrow’s troubles.” But I believe there is more to what E. Stanley Jones said. Worry begins as a trickle, then erodes our energy and productivity,
draining us of all creative abilities and possibilities.
In some cases, part of the solution is revamping our lifestyle, but in other situation like raising 3 or 4 or even 5 kids without a husband or a wife-you cannot quit or walk. You’ve got to will to move on.
Jesus proclaims, “Therefore I tell you, DO NOT WORRY!” And in verse 34, Jesus finishes his admonition about worrying with this strong proclamation:
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Most of our worries cluster around our two major fears: What could happen and What has happened. When we focus and fix our eyes on these two major fears rather than trusting on the possibilities of what God can do, we lose sight of our own God given creative abilities and possibilities. No wonder Jesus said: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry….”
In the days when he was a circuit-riding lawyer, Abraham Lincoln, accompanied by several colleagues, crossed several rivers swollen by spring rains. Ahead, though, was the big one-the Fox River, and it worried them. “If we are having trouble getting across these, how are we going to get across that one?” they reasoned.
That evening they stopped at the log cabin of a settler. The man had crossed the dangerous Fox River many times. Learning this, Lincoln’s group probed the man about the river.
“I know all about the Fox River,” he told them, adding, I have crossed it often and understand it well. But I have one fixed rule with regard to the Fox River: I never cross it till I reach it.”
I NEVER CROSS IT TILL I REACH IT…. Jesus never said, “Fear what could happen and what has happened.” But Jesus said, “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s
trouble is enough for today.

In this time of uncertainty, people are worrying about what they cannot change. How about we take
this to heart: “Therefore I tell you, DO NOT WORRY….” 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
When you are where God wants you to be and you know that He is your Shepherd who will take you across the river and through the dark valley of life, you can let Him take the night shift, and go to sleep. Make it a practice to never cross the river until you get there. Stop worrying about what you cannot change.
Pastor Gideon

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