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The Pilgrim’s Path – January 19, 2020

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34 (NIV)

Have you ever experienced fear or anxiety? Have you ever worried about the future? If there ever was a rhetorical question, that has to be it. Worrying seems to be the common lot of all mankind. And far from accomplishing anything, worry is actually a destructive force. Someone has once said: “Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” If one were to analyze reasons for anxiety, one should readily understand why the atheist worries. He believes that billions of years of chance evolution have led to his existence, and only blind fate determines his future. Unguided pain and random heartache may well heap misery upon his life, and, eventually, death will overtake him.

But for the child of God, does not worry manifest a lack of trust in our Heavenly Father? In Matthew 6:30, Jesus clearly identifies this to be the very source of worry, when he says: “O you of little faith.” A preacher from the past has said, “Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” If you cling to the illusion of being in control of your life – you will know anxiety. But if, by God’s grace, you are able to hand the reins of control to God, and say: “Not my will, but thy will be done”, worry will begin to disappear.

God’s Word is clear. Our God is in sovereign control of His universe. The pain and heartache that you will experience in the future, are in the hands of the almighty God of heaven and earth, and flow from the heart of the One who loves you infinitely! Our sworn enemy tempts us to doubt the goodness of God at the slightest of inconveniences in our lives, but God has proven Himself faithful time and again! He has sent His own Son to face the horrors of hell on the cross of Calvary for sinners such as you and I! How dare we doubt His love and His goodness, and fill our hearts with worry? And yet we do! May God forgive us and enable us to trust His perfect will for our lives.

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