How to be Worry-free about Tomorrow: Guest Post by Matt Cline

Dear God,

Thank you for all that you have already given me.  I pray right now that you will give me a little more.  I know that I have enough for today, but I am anxious about next week, next month, and the end of the year.  If you could, please go ahead and send all your blessings to me right away.  This way I won’t have to stress about whether or not you will give it, and I can make other arrangements if needed.  Thank you in advance!

In Your name I pray,

-Me

Wow!  Who would ever pray that way?  Not me…right?!  Well, maybe not in those exact words.  Okay, okay, I admit it.  I am guilty!  And maybe youMan Jumping have been guilty of it as well.

I attend Kingwood Bible Church and our pastor has been doing a series on “The Lord’s Prayer.”  Last Sunday, we focused on Give us this day, our daily bread.  I want to emphasize, this day.  Just like the prayer you read a minute ago, we often ignore this day.  Instead of focusing on today, we worry about what will happen next week, next month, and the end of the year.

Which is crazy, right?  Proverbs 27:1 says:

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.  (NIV)

If we don’t know what will happen tomorrow (or if tomorrow will even come) then why exert time and energy worrying about it?  The animals don’t!  Yep, you probably already knew where I was going with that one.  Matthew 6:25-34 describes this very well.  I’ll paraphrase:

We are not to worry about what we will eat or drink, or what we will wear.  Birds don’t plant and harvest crops but they are well fed.  And who feeds them?  That’s right…our heavenly Father!  And aren’t you and I more important?  Right again!  And what will all this worrying get us anyway?  More time on earth?  Nope. In fact, probably just the opposite is true. 

A great illustration our pastor used at church was that instead of praying for the grain that we need for the day, we end up praying for a grain silo!

Now, that hits home!

For the past seven years I have taught 8th grade science.  And with that job came a salary.  I knew what this salary would be each year, and it was stable.  Stability…predictability…safety!  I had peace.

But today I begin a new journey.  After much prayer, I am giving all that up, but for a greater cause!  God has called me to join Child Evangelism Fellowship of Greater Houston (CEF) to help spread His gospel to children throughout Houston, TX.  And in the process I have been praying for a grain silo.  See, everyone in CEF has to raise his own support.  This is why the message last Sunday hit home.  I have not been praying for this day’s daily bread.  I have been asking God to bless me in advance. I have wanted to know NOW where the funds would come from.

So where do I find peace?

I find it in God’s Word, and God’s Word is true!  It is His divinely inspired Word.  And it all goes back to Matthew 6:25-34.  We don’t have to worry.  Why not?  Because, you and I are His most important and precious creation.  We all know the most quoted verse in the Bible, John 3:16,

For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life (NIV).

We are the world, and God gave His one and only Son…for us!  Absolutely amazing!  So if God gave His only Son for us, then we can have peace in knowing that He will provide for us…daily!

Question for you…

How do you see God providing for you daily? Comment below!

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Matt Cline is raising funds to be the new Senior Ministry Coordinator for NE Houston, TX for Child Evangelism Fellowship. Click Matt’s picture below to join in on a free webinar to hear Matt and me share what great things God is doing through CEF Houston!

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