“Do not worry about your life… 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?” (Matthew 6:25-26 NIV – Part of the Sermon on the Mount)
Are you not much more valuable than they?
Spare a few minutes today to reflect on the quality of your life.
We live in uncertain times. We hear of terrible things in the news and are overwhelmed by the thought of such things coming to our doorsteps. Few people live lives that are free of trouble – financial problems, sickness, difficult people, lack of social support, loneliness and even, threat of war. Constant worry can drain us of strength and remove all joy from our lives. It affects our health and keeps us from living life to the full. Can we find a way out of this terrible maze?
Then, we all have things we would rather forget. Past troubles, missteps, foolish decisions, unhappy relationships. Words that were better left unsaid. The daily tangles of every day life. These things often weigh us down and keep us from running this present race.
Yet, Jesus means us to live differently.
When we read His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), we find that He means us to be free of all these external pressures and enjoy a high quality of life – fruitful and free of worry. The Bible shows us a way to be totally relaxed – free of the shackles of the past and worry about the future.
“Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to things of old. Isaiah 43:18 HCSB.
The past is out of our reach and while we may be inclined to grieve about things that went wrong, Jesus has a better way for us. So, choose, deliberately choose to forget the sadness of the past. Release your hold from the events of yesterday and hand them over to God. Everything we bring to Jesus is cleansed and made holy for His use – even our past failures. He will cause the desert to blossom.
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NASB
Equally we are not to be slaves of the future. Don’t waste your hours worrying about what might happen. Each time your mind runs to the future and a sense of foreboding tries to steal in, refuse, absolutely refuse to spend a minute longer on such thoughts; instead confess words of hope.You may be pressed in on every side; but God will make a way out of every trouble. You are more than a conqueror through Christ.
“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.” Isaiah 43:19 HCSB.
Our troubles are temporary and they must not define us or our destiny. The love of God and our relationship with Him should. The Apostle Paul wrote that he did not waste his life worrying about his past failures:
“I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it [I have not achieved it – NLT] yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14 NASB
Our spiritual inheritance includes freedom from anxiety about the future. That we are deeply loved by heaven should be a source of great peace, joy and confidence. Jesus has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Our lives and our future are secure in trustworthy hands. All things will work out for our good.
Throw all your worry on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 ISV.
So let us pour our energies into things of today. Live this day fully in companionship with Jesus. Trust Him to solve the problems of today, secure your tomorrows, and bring something good from the setbacks of yesterday.
Father, thank You for Your perfect faithfulness. Our troubles and failures are not hidden from Your eyes. We have no power to change the past and no control over tomorrow. But we know that in everything that happens, Your love and wisdom will keep us and our families safe.
Nothing is impossible with You. So we come to You in simple trust to hand over the past to you. Take control of our lives, Lord, and help us go on. Fill us with Your love and help us live in perfect surrender to Your will in the days to come. In Jesus’ name.