…rooted in unbelief. And when the measures we took weren’t enough and there was always something else fear convinced me we needed to do, James finally confronted the fact that nothing would ever be enough for me, because being prepared wasn’t the answer to my problem. He was right. When we worry, no matter what the reason, there is a deeper root than what the concern appears to be: it is unbelief. And we’re probably trying to figure out how we can control the threat ourselves. If we believe Matthew 6:33 from yesterday – that when we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will add to us everything we need – then verse 34 is the logical outcome: we don’t worry because we believe God. It seems simplistic, but it’s realistic in Christ because of who God is: a keeper of every promise. One of my favorite sayings is this: Don’t borrow from tomorrow; stay in today. He will give us this day our daily bread; we just have to ask, believe and trust.
INSPECT: What are you worrying about right now that is continually and relentlessly on your heart and turning in your thoughts?
MEDITATE: Think about the reality of today. In each moment of your day, set your heart and thoughts to that moment only. In that moment, who is in charge of the universe and what is it that He wants you to do that second? What do people in the Bible model for us about staying in today? Deliberate and talk about the importance of belief, faith, and trust when it comes to choosing to not worry.
PRAY: Lord, we confess our worry to You right now. Help us to see the unbelief at its root. Please expose any lies we are believing that are causing us to trust in something other than You, including ourselves and our own understanding. As the father in Mark 9:24 cried out to You, so do we: “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Lord, You alone see all, know all and can do all things. When we try to play God, we miss out on the blessings that are ours when we trust You as God. We release our worry to You by staying in today. Holy Spirit, make us aware the minute our thoughts stray into tomorrow. Help us take them captive and remain present because trust is acquired in today. In the mighty name of Jesus, amen.