FRIDAY, APRIL 10
“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?”
Matthew 6:25-26 (NLT2)
PUT MY WORRIES INTO HIS HANDS
In His last few moments alive, Jesus was not anxious for what was next. He had cast any anxieties into the Father’s capable hands. We can do the same. In fact, Jesus told His followers that if the Father could feed the birds and take care of their basic needs. He would be able to care for their needs even more. Worry is something that can paralyze us and dampen our faith. The Apostle Paul knew this, so he gave us the cure for worry: “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel” (Philippians 4:6-7 CEV). Worry is simply prayers we say to ourselves. Instead, why don’t we pray to Someone who can do something about it?
A man was in a hurry to catch an airplane. He ran, huffing and puffing, down toward his gate. He passed a guy who was dressed in a pilot’s uniform. The guy said to the breathless man, “Where are you in a hurry to?” “Oh,” the man said, “I am late for my plane. I don’t want to miss my plane.” He proceeded to tell the guy what flight he was hurrying to. The uniformed man reassured him, “Don’t be in a hurry; I am piloting that plane.” If the pilot is not hurried or anxious about the flight, then you won’t be either.
What are some things you’ve worried needlessly about? Are there any current worries that are robbing you joy and peace? Write a prayer that gives your worries to the Lord. Thank Him for the peace that He promises to bring into your mind and heart as you trust Him.
When the followers of Jesus were worried, Jesus reassured them: “Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me (John 14:1 CEV). Praise God for His ability to handle any worries that we give Him.