I love how we make our troubled responses to life sound better than they are. How are we to receive blessing for God is we kind of have a little problem I guess sort of once in a while maybe? Today someone responded to God’s command to take NO thought for tomorrow by saying. Isn’t it right to be concerned for the future, maybe not for ourselves but certainly for our children and grandchildren?
Well, calling worry “concern” does not change the fact that we are not resting in God. I don’t think he minds taking prudent steps appropriate to today that may be useful in the future. We may lay aside for retirement or buy a house when young that is wheelchair accessible.
What we are not to do is allow our heart to be troubled over tomorrow. Else we will spend too much time and resources preparing for it. Remember all th resources that were wasted preparing for Y2K? Most of the stuff has probably rotted in the basement. I’m certainly not against the public being prepared for emergencies, but be balanced by focussing most of your energy on serving God and others in the present. God says we should use our resources to bless lives around us and then they will return the favor if we are in need in the future.
Also don’t look to the future for happiness. If you don’t find blessing in today’s opportunities you will not find them in tomorrows. I’ve watched fellow doctors wallow in the misery they make of college, medical school, internship, residency, and becoming established in practice. They then expect to be happy when they “arrive”. Instead they either kill themselves or develop “professional” bad attitudes believing the world owes them something for all the misery they endured. What if they had reveled in the process and found the happiness in the roles God prepared for them and that they were designed to fulfill TODAY?
LORD HELP ME TO TAKE NO-NOT ANY AT ALL – WORRY, CONCERN, ANXIETY, TENSION OR WHATEVER I WANT TO CALL IT, FOR TOMORROW; BUT RATHER REVEL IN TODAY WITH ALL IT’S PAIN FRUSTRATION AND GLORIOUS LIFE!