Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Jesus) Matthew 6:34 NIV

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34 Amplified

 

There’s an old story called “the man with the jack.” And it goes like this.

A man had a flat tire while driving down a country road. To his dismay, he discovered he had no jack in his car. The only thing he could do was walk to the nearest farmhouse and ask for help.

As he walked, he imagined all the things the farmer would say to him: turning away crossly, laughing at him for his carelessness. The conversation in his mind got worse and worse.

Finally, when the farmer answered the door, the man yelled, “You can keep your miserable jack!”

Worry is biting off pieces of the future, imagining the worst, getting yourself all worked up over something which may or may not happen.

Suppose, for example, the man had said, “I pray that the farmer will be able and willing to help me. But if he’s not, I will trust God to show me what to do next.”

He still had a problem; he still didn’t know how it would be solved. But what a difference in his attitude and his peace of mind!

If I want to break the worry habit, if I want to enjoy what God has for me in the present, if I want to have peace and joy, I simply have to focus on today, as Jesus commands, and let tomorrow take care of itself.

Joyce Meyer writes, “Although I was physically doing one thing, mentally I had already moved on to the next thing I planned to do. I was trying to rush through what I needed to do in the present so I could get to the future. No wonder I struggled with anxiety! I think I mentally lived one step ahead of where I was most of the time.”

Sound familiar?

When I “fast forward” to the future like that, notice Who I’m leaving out of the equation: God! I’m forgetting the One Who loves me, Whose plans for me are good. The One Who has promised to work out all things. The One Who died to give me the hope of heaven. The One Who is always with me.

The One I can trust.

FATHER GOD: Help me trust You with the future while I concentrate on what’s going on today. Amen.

First published January 29, 2017.