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Our Father knows our needs
November 14, 2011
by Pastor John B. Cedar, Lamson Ev. Free Church, Darwin

Someone has rightly said, “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

All of us are acquainted with people who are constantly troubled and perplexed by one possible challenge or another. If a small dark cloud appears on the horizon, they worry about an approaching storm. Any slight ache or pain means they have contracted some serious disease or that surgery will certainly be required.

If a family member does not arrive home from their afternoon commute on the busy highways at the usual time, the worrier is sure the person has been involved in an accident, and has either been seriously injured, or even killed. And tomorrow certainly must hold some dire tragedy for them or their loved ones and friends.

What if their son fails to pass his final exams and doesn’t graduate with his senior classmates?

Will they be “laid off” from their job during this serious economic down-turn?

Where will they get the money to pay their rising energy bills during the coming winter months?

How will they be able to get back and forth to work in light of the high price of gasoline?

And so it goes, on and on with no letup. Always looking at the dark side of things and considering what could go wrong, these pathetic people only make things miserable for themselves and those around them. Life has become a heavy burden for them, and constant worry has robbed them of the joy of living.

If you are, or know such a person, let me, with loving concern, offer you some specific hope and help in the midst of your troubling circumstances.

The first thing you need to do is to acknowledge that such worry is a terrible sin. Your negative behavior is preventing God from working positively in your heart, mind, and life, and empowering you to overcome these negative influences.

Secondly, prayerfully read and meditate upon such passages as Psalms 23, 27, 37 and 46, all of which concentrate on God’s marvelous provision for all your needs.

Then, carefully ponder the words of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 6, verses 25 to 34. In verse 27, Jesus asks, “Will all your worries add a single moment to your life?” Then He states, “So don’t worry at all about having enough food and clothing . . . . Your heavenly Father already knows perfectly well that you need them, and He will give them to you if you give Him first place in your life and live as He wants you to. So don’t be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of tomorrow, too. Live one day at a time.” (Living Bible).

Worrying friend, will you accept His loving, gracious invitation?