Do you worry much? Here we are at the beginning of a new year leaving many people with so much anxiety about what will happen in the economy, the world events, and their personal families. I must admit that many times I find myself in the same situation, worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow.
Here we are as a ministry on the verge of accomplishing some incredible things for God’s glory. I have watched God use our team over this past year achieve some tremendous goals. Yet, I begin to worry about how God is going to provide for our needs, what is going to happen, and how leadership and projects are going to look. When I start to think like that, my mind is reminded of truth that comes first from God’s word and also from some of the great men of the faith that have come before us. I pray that these words are an encouragement to you at the beginning of 2013.
Matthew 6:34 says:
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”
Then, I love what Charles Spurgeon said about anxiety:
“Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength.”
Talk about helping you put things into perspective!
This morning I was very encouraged as I read through a blog post by Jim Daily of Focus on the Family. In his blog he quoted Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones the medical doctor who knows a thing or two about what worry and anxiety do to the human body. I want to share some of his comments with you, praying that it will be an encouragement as we start a new year.
“Why do you allow yourself to be worried thus about the future? … Worry about the future is so utterly futile and useless; it achieves nothing at all. We are very slow to see that; yet how true it is. Indeed we can go further and say that worry is never of any value at all. This is seen with particular clarity as you come to face the future. Apart from anything else, it is a pure waste of energy because however much you worry you cannot do anything about it. In any case its threatened catastrophes are imaginary; they are not certain, they may never happen at all…
We must not go forward and tack tomorrow’s quota on to today’s, otherwise it may be too much for us.
We have to take it day by day …
If you want to go through life without crippling yourself and burdening yourself and perhaps losing your health and the control of your nerves, these are the cardinal rules.
Do not carry yesterday or tomorrow with you; live for today and for the twelve hours you are in.”
Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones
So, what will happen in 2013? Don’t “worry” about it. Just go serve Christ. He is worthy of all you have and ever will be. Remember, it is not about what the future holds but who holds the future.
Speaking of future, did you know that Creation Today will be hosting events soon in Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, and North Carolina? We would love to see you at one of them.
Thanks for reading,