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"Worry"

June 20, 2003

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Isaiah 26:3 "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You."

She tossed and turned. She could not get to sleep. That day her son had gone off to college, and she couldn't stop thinking about him so far away from home. "What's the matter?" her husband finally asked. "I'm worried about our son," she replied. "Did you talk to the Lord about it?" he asked. "Yes," the mother said. "Well, then go to sleep," advised the father. "There's no sense in you worrying about him when the Lord is watching over him."

Worry is a perfectly natural trait for sinful human beings. Unfortunately, it is most often a waste of precious time and energy. "Worry," it is said, "never robs tomorrow of its sorrow; it only saps today of its strength."

Fortunately, worry is not one of the characteristics of our God. Worry does not come from Him -- "perfect peace" does! So the best way to overcome worry is to seek the divine rather than the human. Turn your worries completely over to the Lord Jesus Christ. He will exchange them for peace because through His death and resurrection, He also conquered worry. As Isaiah said, He will give perfect peace to those who trust in Him.

PRAYER: Forgive us, Lord, for wasting so much time and energy worrying. Help us to bring our worries to You and to receive Your peace. 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: Proverbs 27-29    Acts 5:1-21

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