Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“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? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
(Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV))
The last several months have seen many people worrying about practically everything in their lives. Carefully consider your own life and honestly reflect on what your thoughts have been during the recent history of this world. If you are like everyone else, including myself, then you probably have had some worry and doubt creep into your mind. It is only human nature.
The words from Matthew paint a vastly different picture than the one that we have painted for ourselves. It is human nature to plan and to worry about our plans. It is human nature to try to control the whole world when we cannot even control our own lives. It is human nature to try to be the god of our own destiny, yet, we fail miserably at controlling even a single hour of a single day.
Worry is an outgrowth of the sinful nature that tells us that we have to be in control. If we do not try to control, then we do not worry.
Personally, I have been trying to relinquish control and to some extent, I have succeeded. However, to a much greater extent, I have failed. I tell you this, not to point at my own failures, but to recognize the fight that we all face each and every day that we live. It is easy to see the events in the news and relinquish the worry about these to God, yet, at the same time, the personal events that may only effect us and a few other people take center stage in our lives and in our thoughts. Perhaps this is a direct result of the human trait that some call self preservation. Many would call it self centeredness. However you look at it, we tend to worry about things that really only effect a small circle directly centered around us while we relinquish larger items as being in God’s hands.
Could it be that Jesus was speaking to the very nature of being human when he told us not to worry? I honestly believe that He was giving us instructions on how to fight the sinful nature by drawing us away from ourselves and our “needs.” Let’s face it, when you center your life around others, you pray for their well being and are not focused on yourself. When you focus on yourself, the sinful nature is allowed to surface because it focuses on your plans for you and not God’s plans for you.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Do you worry about your plans or do you follow God’s plan?
Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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