FRIDAY, AUGUST 7
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Matthew 6:34 (NLT2)
PANIC: TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME
Speaking to his physician, John cried in great perplexity, “I might not live a week!” The physician replied, “Of course you may not, John, but very likely you will, and the medicine will be in the house; it will keep; and if you find yourself getting worse, you could take some. I shall not charge anything for it. If you should feel worse tomorrow you might begin even then.” John said, “Sir, I may be dead tomorrow!” The physician said, “When would you propose to begin your medicine then, John?” “Well, sir, I hoped you would tell me to begin today.” “Begin today, by all means,” consented the doctor, kindly. “I am glad to see you realize how foolish it is to put off taking this medicine.” And then the physician, reflecting upon their past conversations about spiritual matters, inquired, “But are you not being just as foolish when you put off taking the medicine which the Great Physician has provided for your sin-sick soul? I plead with you, John; don’t put it off!” (Ted Kyle and John Todd)
In Matthew 6:34 Jesus was essentially telling His followers to take their spiritual medicine today and not to worry about tomorrow. Worry is not new. And even though the days in our world seem more out of control than ever, there is nothing happening that Jesus was not aware of when He commanded His followers to not worry. Matthew 6:25-34 provides a list of things Jesus said not to worry about. Take some time and read that passage and write down the things Jesus said not to worry about. Then write down the reasons why He said not to worry about them.