August 6, 2008
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34
People have bad days. Recently, police officer Tim Pochron had a bad day.
A few weeks ago, Tim was sworn into his new job in Bart, Indiana. The following Monday was scheduled to be his first day at work. Tim's excitement was visible to all.
Tim was ready, eager, and able. He had the skills; he had the equipment; he had a new patrol car. Everything that could be ready was ready. Everything was ready until Tim Pochron's police vehicle was wrecked in a crash.
No, it wasn't Tim's fault. Tim wasn't in the car; he wasn't near the car. Tim was still in his house when, one half hour into his first day of work, another car hit a tree and plowed into Tim's parked squad car. It hit Tim's car so hard it bent the rear axle.
And Tim, rather than going to work, ended up at headquarters filling out an accident report.
People do have bad days. Like the fellow who was arrested, after he tested positive for drugs, after he lost control of his vehicle, and after that vehicle rammed into the parked patrol car of officer Tim Pochron.
Now I just mention Tim's story because his story seems like ours. Sooner or later, we all have bad days. You may, like Tim Pochron, be the person who is crashed into; you may, like the anonymous fellow who was arrested, be the person who does the crashing. Either way, it's a bad day.
Our Lord Jesus recognized a sinful world would produce bad days, both real and imagined.
Because of those bad days that come, and those that might, the Savior told us not to worry. Yes, He realized saying that was easier than doing that. But, so we could be given peace - - a peace that passes human understanding - - Jesus came into this world. Jesus came to forgive us, ransom us, redeem us, and rescue us from the worry of bad days.
With every breath He took, Jesus showed His mastery over sin, devil, death, and bad days. Read through the Gospel stories, and you will be amazed to see the level of Jesus' concern. There was no problem too large or too small for Jesus. There still isn't.
Look at the cradle, the cross, the empty tomb and believe. Believe Jesus has redeemed you and believe Him when He says, "do not be anxious about tomorrow. . . . "
Jesus is in control.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, for being willing to bear my sins and help me through my bad days, I thank You. Today and tomorrow, no matter what comes, may I believe You will get me through it. In Your Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries