March 29, 2020
Today's devotion is based on Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own"
We like to be in control, don't we? I sure do. The problem that we are dealing with today is that the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed us of control. It has robbed us of confidence and certainty. And depending on how much hoarding is going on in your area, it has robbed us of the abundance of certain products, like toilet paper. It has robbed us of the freedom of planned vacations. It seems like it is taking away from us our ability to prepare for our future.
Jesus tells us not to worry about the future. He did not say, "I suggest you do this." It is a command. We are to live in the today because when we do, we are living as God intended us to live. When we worry about tomorrow, something we have little or no control over, we carry a burden God does not want us to carry, for as God tells us, "Today has enough troubles.
That's not to say we shouldn't consider our future. When God made us in his image, he gifted us with an intellect that we should use in our lives and to his glory. So we can plan for tomorrow and so on. However, there's no need to commit emotional energy, that is to worry about the future. God gives us everything we need for today, and we can live in peace, knowing he will do so again tomorrow.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Father, you know how easily we become burdened with the worries of the future. Lord, we can do a lot on our own. Help us to remember that when we trust in your power, we can do even more. We commit tomorrow to you, knowing you will give us what we need when tomorrow arrives, just as you promised. Amen.