Have you noticed how easy it is to get hooked into the worry-worm? That little niggle of anxiety that starts to circle around in your brain, until it becomes a full-scale fretfulness? Yahshua understood this and said, “Take no thought…” again and again. Perhaps, most startlingly, “Take no thought for your life…” [Matthew 6:25]. No thought about life? Whoa, that’s a big concept! Surely, we need to make plans? Be responsible? Provide for the future? Don’t we? Yahshua goes on, “So…don’t keep saying, ‘What shall we eat, what shall we drink or what shall we wear?’!” And here’s the clue, “…your Heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” [Matthew 6:31 J.B. Phillips].
Taking no thought for the practical details of life could be seen as highly irresponsible unless we look at the alternative. Can I trust the One who washes all the beaches in all the world twice every day [how’s that for housekeeping?], to manage the details of my life? Of course, we know He can, but do we trust that He will? Do I hand Him the reins today, and scoop them back tomorrow? It’s the little niggles that grow into the nagging ‘worry-worms’; the everyday problems and cares that take over our brain space and our energy. Unhindered, they can choke out our Spiritual life, as Yahshua warned in His parable about the sower. [Luke 8:14]
Depending on Yahweh for direction, answers, and all the practicalities of life means we must wait for Him. Personally, I love those times He answers before I ask – that’s awesome; but the other times when I wait and wait – not so good! Then I can start worrying about the wait! The process of learning to trust Yahweh is a constant learning curve, He wants to train us to do it perfectly. In His sermons, Yahshua was trying to teach His disciples the joy of implicit trust. Reflecting on this, Oswald Chambers said, “Don’t take the pressure of forethought upon yourself. It is not only wrong to worry, it is infidelity.”
As you go into the week, remember that Yahweh says, “I will rescue those who love me…protect those who trust in my name…be with them in trouble…rescue and honour them.” [Psalm 91:14-15]
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