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Listen while you read: "Rejoice Ye Pure In Heart"1 (Lyrics)
Matthew 6:34 – Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (NIV)
As I was driving to work this morning, on my normally two-hour-long commute through what seemed to be heavier than usual Monday morning rush-hour traffic, I was listening to the local radio announcers talk about an interview that they had seen. They played the clip of a rap star being interviewed by Oprah. At this point, I would have normally changed the station, but needing both hands on the wheel due to the unusually heavy traffic, I was forced to listen on. I listened as this rapper said, "Either pray or worry, never both!"
What truly profound words! He had my attention at this point. He went on to explain that if we truly believe in God, we should trust in Him to take control of whatever situation we are turning over to Him. At that point, there should be no need to worry.
John 14:1 – Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. (NIV)
It put me in mind of the struggle I am going through with my own guilt at the thought of leaving my family behind as I join my husband in another country. If I have truly turned my life over to God, turned my struggles and burdens over to Him to bear, why is it, then, that I am worrying?
Today, I pray not only that God will guide and bless my impending move and my relationships, but also that He will forgive me for my lack of faith and help me to find reassurance in His arms.
Wouldn't God rejoice if we trusted Him more, instead of worrying?
Prayer: Lord God, hear our prayer. We are sorry for doubting Your ability to shoulder our burdens and struggles. Help us to be stronger in our faith and to trust in You without doubting. Thank You for guiding us, and bless the situation about which we are concerned, according to Your will, in Your way, and in Your time. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.