Worry And Anxiety

It was Mark Twain who said, “I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”

Jesus said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt. 6:34). Isn’t Jesus telling us not to borrow tomorrow’s troubles? Isn’t he telling us to live one day at a time? There are enough problems and perplexities facing us today. Live today. Solve today’s problems as they arise and trust in God for leadership and guidance.

It is related that a famous organization that works with alcoholics proceeds on the motto: “One day at a time.” They tell a drunkard that he doesn’t have to plan how he will abstain tomorrow and through all the days ahead ... that he must say to himself, “With the help of the Almighty God I shall live this day without taking a drink.” He is to live one day at a time.

Some say they do not become Christians because they are afraid they can’t hold out faithful to the end. They refuse to make the start because they can’t see all the way. They should go as far as they can see and trust in God to open the way from there. “We walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Cor. 5: 7). We must serve God today. “Today is the day of salvation,” says the Bible over and over again. Let us resolve to do just that. Let us stop fretting and losing sleep over difficulties that never happen.

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