February 17, 2009
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
If you are a person who gets concerned about things (I won't use the word "worry"), astronomers have recently shared something new to put on your list.
A fairly good-sized asteroid, Asteroid 1999 RQ36, has a 1 in 1,400 chance of hitting the earth.
If it does, it could cause serious damage. If that asteroid landed in the ocean, it would cause tidal waves. If it came crashing into a landmass, it would make a monstrous big mess.
Concerned? Does it make a difference if I tell you the possible time of collision is 160 years from now? Would it change things if I shared humanity has only 70 years to make a change in that asteroid's path?
In all probability, most of our Daily Devotion listeners are saying, "I've got a lot of other things that concern me. I'm not going to get all weird about an asteroid that may or may not hit the earth long after I've gone home to Jesus."
This takes me to the point of this devotion. You may not be concerned about asteroids hitting the earth, but you probably are concerned about something. You know the "somethings" that are with you when you wake up and when you go to sleep, the somethings that cause a sick feeling in your stomach. You know what your somethings are.
If you have such a something, maybe it's time to be reminded of what the Savior said: "Do not be anxious about tomorrow." Understand, He never said tomorrow won't have problems; nor did He say today would be worry-free. He did say He would listen to your list of concerns and that the Redeemer and His people of faith would get through them - together.
No matter what your concern may be -- asteroid or Alzheimer's -- Jesus can get you through.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, it's true, I do have some concerns. This is why I give thanks You are there to listen to my fears and, more importantly, to help me through them. For salvation and Your ongoing concern, my thanks this day. In Your Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries