“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:34 The Message)
Following on from what I wrote about this verse before, I was also struck by the end part of the verse. In the NIV it reads: “Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Or as in The Message: “when the time comes.”
I’ve always been quick to let my mind wander far ahead of the “now” and to worry about all the things that could, or might happen. It’s a hard habit to stop!
In my current situation, I don’t know how things will turn out and I’m probably going to have to take some risks as I step out into that unknown future. Things might not work out as I hope they will.
I’m not really relying on God if everything is in my hands and I always have something to fall back on–am I?
Maybe I haven’t been letting God be my safety net–I’ve been too busy relying on myself.
My dad reminded me recently that I shouldn’t worry about what hasn’t happened yet. That fits so well with the beginning of this verse, where I’m reminded that my focus needs to be on “what God is doing right now”–not on what will happen.
Dad also said that even though I’ve been in this kind of situation before; where it looked like there was no clear path ahead, a solution has come along at just the right time. It’s true, I have had similar situations on a few occasions before. Some of those solutions were not what I would have even considered before that time. But when I look back and see how things turned out, they were just right for me–in that time. God led me through the uncertainty.
Chronic illness can seem like a lot of hard things; sometimes just one after another, or maybe it is just one big thing that doesn’t seem to ever get any easier. This verse promises us that God will help us and be there for us, when those tough times come–no matter how many, or how often that is. God is there all the time, but when the times come that we need Him most, He definitely comes through for us.
Prayer: Father, please help us to continue to trust in the truth that You will always be there for us when the time comes, that we need You. You continue to amaze us as you do immeasurably more than we can even think or imagine.(Ephesians 3:20) Amen.
About the Author:
Fiona Burrows lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is thankful for the difference God makes in her life, and the lessons He is teaching her, as she lives with chronic back pain. She enjoys finding time for reading, writing, and photography, and to travel when she is able. You can contact her in the Sunroom.
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When have you been aware that God has done immeasurably more than you thought He could in a difficult situation? Do you draw from those times when new challenges arise?