I was inspired today by an article that I’m translating, by this title: “Do Not Worry” I think that by now you might have picked up on the fact that I’m a translator. A great part of my life includes translating. And I have several projects lined up for this coming year. I could worry about how I’ll get them done, but I do not want to worry.
More than a worrier I think I’m a dreamer. Like I wrote about yesterday, I like to dream with the stars. I’m an optimist; I try to keep positive in my outlook. That is probably what has helped me overcome, especially the trials of the last few years. God is my source of strength and joy!
Let’s get back to the theme of this blog: not to worry.
My “kids” often hear this out of the mouth of their father: “It is not a request,” meaning that whatever they have been told is an order. Following we have an “order” given by Jesus. It is not a request!
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Have you ever seen a bird go to work, carrying his briefcase? No, God is his source of supply. Have you seen the lilies of the filed toiling to make a pay-check? No, God dresses them in great splendor.
The birds and the lilies are made to serve us, and we are made to serve our Maker. And God’s responsibility is to be our source of supply. Jesus said we don’t have to worry because our Father knows that we need food and drink and clothes. Our responsibility is to seek his kingdom and his righteousness, to do his will, and then he will see to our needs.
Have you prayed the Lord’s Prayer? In it, Jesus taught us to pray: “Give us THIS DAY our DAILY bread!” This is a very interesting concept. “Our daily bread!” We just have to trust for TODAY. Tomorrow will take care of itself.
God provided manna for the children of Israel in the desert, for 40 years! It was food they collected DAILY. If they collected more and saved it for the next day, the manna would go bad. Only before the day of rest could they collect double. Day by day God supplied! And, my dear friend, this applies to you and me, too. If God is your source you don’t have to worry about tomorrow.
It’s not a request! It’s an order: “Do not worry about your life!” Does that mean we sit down, cross our arms and roll our thumbs? Of course not! We go about our daily business, going to work if we have a job, looking for work if we are unemployed, studying if we are students, enjoying retirement if we are seniors (and have not taken on millions of “dreams” as I have!). We do our part in making a living and thank God for giving us our DAILY BREAD.
I could write long epistles about this subject. It’s so easy to worry. There are millions of things that come our way and want to make us worry. Let’s remember that Jesus’ words are not a request, they’re an order: Do not worry!
If you’re a parent I’m sure you’ve said many times to your kids, “Don’t worry!” and you meant it. You know you are capable of taking care of your children. They need not worry in your care.
If you are a child of God, he is more than capable of taking care of you. Just like an earthly father says to his kids not to worry, your Heavenly Father says to you, “Don’t worry!”
Trust God, from day to day, to supply your needs. Sometimes you might feel like you’re in the desert and he has abandoned you, but, no, never, never is that true. He tests us to see if we really trust him, but he will never leave us nor forsake us.
My encouragement today is: DO NOT WORRY!