Updated: Nov 16, 2020
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
The Bible Says... “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Just A Dash
The title of today’s devotion is also the title of one of my favorite motivational songs! In fact, the song Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing is so uplifting that it’s on my “Praise Break” playlist! Although it’s a song from the animated motion picture Sing, this song is a constant reminder for me to not worry about things that are out of my control.“Don’t worry” is much easier said than done. Our human condition often leads us to worry about the things we cannot control.
Just this week alone, I’ve been so worried about my job, my finances, work/life balance, ministry responsibilities, DSM, my family, my relationships...LIFE. Just Life. But I was reminded of something that my brother often says to me:
“If you’re going to worry about it, don’t pray about it.
If you’re going to pray about it, don’t worry about it.”
Today’s key verse is a part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 6: 25-34, Jesus outlines a number of reasons why we need not worry. What if instead of asking, “What have you been worried about lately?, I asked instead, “What have you not been trusting God for lately?”
You can’t trust God and worry at the same time. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus equates worrying with having little faith, considering how God the Father provides for even the birds and the grass (Matthew 6:30 NIV).
A Pinch More
One of the major things I was worried about this week was having to complete atask at work that I was particularly uncomfortable with. I complained for days leading up to the meeting when tasks would be assigned, but I hadn’t prayed about it at all. Once I realized there was no way I was going to be able to get out of this assignment, I started to pray. I prayed and asked God to intervene in my situation. I had no clue how God was going to get me out of this way, and to be completely transparent, I wasn’t entirely convinced that He would. Still, I knew there was nothing I could do about it. Since it was out of my hands, I figured I’d place the issue in God’s hands. I got to work this morning and received an unexpected call from a client stating the assignment was no longer going to be required! God removed the source of my worries even before the task could even be assigned to me! Now that’s Grace!
My greatest regret from this week is not trusting God with my worries sooner. I wasn’t trusting God to deliver. I was assuming He didn’t know what He was doing. I had been pleading with God all week, “I’m better than this! I shouldn’t have to do this! This isn’t the vision You showed me!” As always, God knew EXACTLY what He was doing. It was me who was clueless. God was reminding me all along, “Trust Me...And Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing”!
Q: What have you not been trusting God for lately?
Q: Have you prayed about it as much as you’ve worried about it?
Q: Why aren’t you trusting God with this? Has He given you any reason not to trust Him with this?