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"Two Days Not to Worry"

September 28, 2003

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"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Matthew 6:27

Worry is like a rocking chair: it gives you something to do, but won't get you anywhere. Sometimes, however, it's hard not to worry when we have problems with health, family, finances, or the like. And many people find themselves bearing not just one worry, but three -- troubles they have had, troubles they have now, and troubles they expect to have.

There are, however, at least two days of the week about which there is no need to worry. One of those days is yesterday. It's gone, and you can't call it back. It was your day, then, with its peril, pain, and mistakes. Now it's God's day of forgiveness because Jesus carried all our sins to Calvary's cross.

Another day about which there is no need to worry is tomorrow. It's beyond our mastery. Tomorrow is God's day, yet to be ours.

There is a terrible weariness in carrying the remorse of yesterday and the fear of what tomorrow might bring. But such worry doesn't have to be ours, because those are God's days. Leave them to Him. He has promised to "hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea" (Micah 7:19).

PRAYER: Father, this is the day You have made. Help me rejoice and be glad in it; for Jesus' sake I pray. Amen.

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

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 43-44    Romans 8:1-21

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