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Fri, Dec. 06

Faith column: Don't worry about tomorrow

I once knew a couple who were given to such worrying that they worried most when there was nothing to worry about. Does that sound at all like you? I would hope not, yet there are many people who fit just such a description. They are chronic worriers; worrying about their health, family, job and money matters, just to name a few.

Jesus said: "Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? ... Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you" (Matthew 6:31-33).

Imagine! Your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. Is it not wonderful to know that God is constantly aware of all of our needs? He knows when the rent is due, and whether or not we have the money to pay it. He knows how much food is in the cupboard, and whether or not we can afford to buy what we need. He knows when our children need new shoes. In fact, God knows everything there is to know about us.

If we believe that God has such knowledge of all things, and He is aware of every problem before we experience it, can we not also conclude that He has a solution for the problem? Yes! Thus, Jesus said: "Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow shall take thought for the things of itself."

Many of the New Testament believers were overcome with worry and doubt. The persecution they experienced often perplexed them and tested their faith. They may have felt that God had abandoned them. Peter wrote: "Casting all your cares upon Him; for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

In the time of need we may be tempted to question God's love and concern for us. We may even feel that He has abandoned us in the very hour we need Him most. The discouragement and depression that worry brings can be lifted by simply focusing on God.

Does that sound too simple; easier said than done? It is true. When we focus on the problems we face they become big in our eyes; God then becomes small, seemingly weak and inept. When we focus on God, He becomes big, strong and powerful in our eyes, and the problem loses its significance. Therefore, let us focus on God and His ability to provide for our needs; and let tomorrow take care of tomorrow as we rest in the perfect peace of God.

Jerry L. Dunn, pastor of Oak Street Baptist Church, Sixth and Oak Streets, can be reached by email at:

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