We can often find ourselves saying that we trust God, and then worrying about our relationships, health, jobs, and money. But Paul writes, ‘Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace’ (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT). We can choose whether to worry, or whether to pray. We can choose whether we try and do life on our own, or whether we surrender it to God and allow Him to take control. Jesus said, ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own’ (Matthew 6:34 NIV). It can be easier said than done to think about one day at a time. The trouble is, when we start overthinking our future, we try and take control. We try and figure everything out ourselves, rather than handing everything over to God and trusting Him. And that means we don’t have His peace. Worry can be like a snowball; it starts small, and as we keep rolling it forwards it becomes big enough to knock us down. But if we hand every worry over to God, we can keep going. God says, ‘My grace is sufficient for you’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV). God will only give us what we need for today; that way we have to keep trusting Him for tomorrow. The Bible tells us Jesus is the Good Shepherd who ‘calls his own sheep by name and…walks ahead of them’ (John 10:3-4 NLT). He’s already gone ahead of us to arrange everything. Knowing that should help us face tomorrow, confident that God will take care of us.
Write down all your worries. Then go through the list and hand each one over to God.
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