Know God, No Worry

I find myself thinking about the future a lot. I can easily get lost going down the rabbit hole of what could happen. Sometimes I get there from trying to figure out my future and all God has planned for me. Sometimes I get there by trying to figure out how everything in the news lines up with the Bible so I can figure out where we are in the end times. Then there are times when I’m pressed with life choices and decisions and I worry so much about making the right decision. I find that those thoughts take up a lot of time and energy.

When that happens, I remind myself of a few things. The first thing comes from holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom. She said, “Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Profound words like that help put me back into place. They remind me that God has given me the strength to handle today’s problems. They also remind me that when I start to worry over things that haven’t happened, I’m not really trusting God with my future.

That thought leads me to something else she said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” If we know God, we don’t have to know the future because He already does. The more we worry about what may or may not come, the less faith we have in the One who, we have given our lives to. Essentially we are telling God either that we know better than He does or that we don’t trust Him to take care of us. Either way, we are wrong. God is not going to be surprised by what happens tomorrow because it’s already history to Him. He has been preparing you each step of the way to give you the strength you need to face whatever comes your way.

That then reminds me of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:34, “So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.(GNT)” When we worry, we are directly disobeying Jesus. In the verses before, He reiterates how much each of us are worth to God. He tells us that the Father knows everything we need and that we should trust Him. Worry isn’t what moves God, faith is! Quit trusting in your own wisdom or thought process and trust in the One who knows your future and provides for your every need. When you do, you’ll find the peace your mind needs and the strength your body craves.


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5 responses to “Know God, No Worry

  1. Alonso Pedroza

    Thank you for this devotional! Through hardships and let downs I’ve realize how much of a control freak I am with my own life. I plan monthly budgets before month begins, I plan for routes out in the rode, I plan for tomorrow and the days ahead. There’s things that I myself cannot control, letting go of outcomes was hard for me. Putting faith in God to take care of me helps with the stress and sleepless nights.
    “Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Amazing quote!

    • Thanks, Alonso! I’m a bit of a control freak myself. It’s OK to plan and prepare, but it’s not OK to worry and lose sleep over things that God has under control. Rest in His promises.

  2. Jon Stallings

    I know I may have said this before Chris but living by faith means we have to be OK with not knowing everything. Or it most likely we do worry but move forward anyway.

    • If you have, it bears repeating! Living by faith is trusting the one who knows everything. We can’t let worry keep us from our calling. As always thank you for your valuable input.

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