Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34 NIV
On Wednesday in Alabama, Governor Kay Ivey issued another supplemental emergency proclamation transitioning the state from an amended Safer at Home Order to a new Safer Apart Order, the third phase of COVID-19 pandemic health orders. Masks will no longer be mandated statewide, but individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people. This order goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2021. What does the future look like for masks and the COVID-19 pandemic? Who knows for sure about tomorrow?
Jesus addressed anxiousness and fear of tomorrow’s problems in his sermon on the mount in Matthew chapter 6. He addressed fear of provision for food, clothing and shelter, the basic necessities of existence. He promises that our Father, God, knows our needs and will take care of us, so we should seek Him first and entrust our cares to Him.
What’s gonna happen tomorrow? How can we be sure we will be safe tomorrow? Is another pandemic variant waiting to be unleashed? The list of potential fears of tomorrow are endless. Jesus concludes this section of teaching by helping us to take control of our distractions for the future and focus on today. Decisions made today have a direct impact on tomorrow, both good and bad decisions.
The word worry includes distraction from too many parts. We become anxious because there are too many variables that we are not in control of. The enormity of potential problems makes life feel like it is more than we can handle. We feel hopeless when we can’t think of solutions to the myriad of problems. Can you identify some of the worries in your life that are “out of your control”?
Jesus’ answer – focus only on the next step in front of you today. Follow in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit for the next moment. You are fully in control of what you will be doing right now in the next seconds.
Make the phone call. Pay the bill. Ask for forgiveness and apologize. Repent for judging others and speak blessings. Smile. Write the letter. Respond to the email. Go for a walk. Read your Bible. Return the item borrowed. Talk with God. Start the project. Clean your desk. Put the dishes away. Take the care in for maintenance. ALL of these activities are in your TODAY box.
Staring at your tomorrow’s fear only causes paralysis of will. Jesus said to put your hand to the plow and don’t look back – your work is in front of you. A field is plowed one sweep at a time, but persistence on each row creates a field ready for seeds.
On this Fear Not Friday, may your efforts today position your life to sow and reap a harvest of blessings for today and tomorrow. God’s big enough to help you walk through your mistakes, just keep walking. Don’t let fear of tomorrow’s problems cause you to stop being wise today.
Concerning anxiousness over the pandemic, masks, and future sickness, receive peace that Jesus offers for you right now, in this moment of today. His abiding presence is with you now. Have a blessed day – today! You are living it.
Blessings Love y’all