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"Don't Worry"

January 28, 2003

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Matthew 6:34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself."

It requires only a little reflection to convince ourselves that worry is entirely useless. Worry changes nothing. It cannot solve our problems, correct our mistakes, add to our income, alleviate our pain, improve our health, or prolong our life. On the contrary, worry is harmful. It robs us of our energy and generates fear and frustration, despondency and despair. Besides harming us, it aggravates those who live with us and makes life unpleasant for them.

Above all, worry is sinful because it ignores God's help. It assumes that we are the helpless and hopeless victims of circumstance and that our lives are controlled by blind fate.

Worry is caused by insecurity. As such it should have no place in our lives as Christians. For if our heavenly Father so loved us that He gave His own dear Son to die for our sins, will He not with Him also freely give us the lesser things we need?

Christ's prescription for the cure of worry is to behold the birds of the air, to consider the lilies of the field, and to learn of them how carefree and joyous life can be when we cast all our anxiety on Him who cares for us.

PRAYER: O Lord, keep me from useless worry. Help me to give all my anxiety and concern to You and trust in You for guidance. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800 325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 27-28    Matthew 18:21-35

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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