November 28, 2010
(Jesus said) "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?" Matthew 6:25
Once I met a lady who had raised six children of her own.
That was no small accomplishment in itself, but there was far more to this exceptional lady's accomplishments. She also adopted 12 other little ones.
In spite of the commotion that so many children can bring to a life, this Christian woman remained solidly confident and calm. Are you wondering her secret? I hope so, because I'm ready to share it.
I asked her, "How do you do it?"
She said, "Many years ago I prayed to God, saying, 'Lord, I'll do the work and You do the worrying.' I haven't had an anxious day since then."
I wish everybody could have seen her face when she said those words.
If you had, your life might have been changed as mine was.
Think about it. Couldn't we all profit by following her example? Wouldn't it make a difference to you, today, if you could concentrate on your work and forget about your worries?
Well, we can.
The truth is when we try to do both, when we try to worry and work, the end result is we live a life that tears us down, bit by bit and piece by piece.
In contrast, when we work and let the Lord worry about the outcome, we can relax. Like our lady, we no longer have to wonder about the results. After all, the Lord's already taken care of our worries. That's just one of the reassurances our Savior makes in our text for today.
Do you remember what He told us? Jesus said, "Do not worry about your life ..."
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help us to lay our worries and concerns before You. Give us the strength to accomplish what You have for us to do and trust that the living Lord is with us. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries