Do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? But seek firstHis kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Whenever I am worried about something, I think of this passage. It is so simple and makes so much sense. Indeed, we can’t add a single minute to our lives by worrying. In fact, it’s a waste of time. But it’s our nature to worry when things are not right or are difficult.
Many people today are going through rough times -jobs are scarce, the economy is bad, and violence has increased. There is a lot of uncertainty in today’s world. Yet, if we just leave it all in God’s hands, He will take care of it all.Worrying about it all can overwhelm and paralyze us. God wants us to move onward and not be stuck in the turmoil of worrying.
Everyone worries when major life decisions are needed ; that’s only natural. But if we can try to just give it all to God and ask Him to carry the load, it can make those times more bearable. He doesn’t want us to feel unsettled; He wants us to be at peace. And that peace is what God provides to all who ask of it.
In this chapter of the Gospel, Jesus provides us with the perfect prayer to say in times of anguish:
Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Let Our Father carry you through the worrisome times – He is there for us. So, no worries!
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