1094) Letting Go

Matthew 6:25-34  —  (Jesus said), “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the flowers of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you– you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

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     Jesus is the head of His church.  Being the head, He is the one who should have the headaches.  For you to have a headache because of worry is a sin.  You are trying to usurp the role of the head, which belongs to Jesus alone.

     Luther had a habit of going to the window in the evening and saying:  “God, is it my world or Yours?  Is it my church or Yours?  These people I worry about are in Your world and in Your church– please take care of them.  I am tired.  I am going to bed.  Good night, my God.”

     The Talmud says, “When the sun is set, the day is clean.”  When the evening comes, leave all the past day’s problems and failures with Jesus.  Take no thought of tomorrow.  Sleep well.  Tomorrow’s worries might never reach you.  They may even vanish overnight.  Have a good day and a good night without worrying.

–Richard Wurmbrand,  in Reaching Toward the Heights.

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Numbers 11:10-14  —  Moses heard the people of every family wailing at the entrance to their tents.  The Lord became exceedingly angry, and Moses was troubled.  He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant?  What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?  Did I conceive all these people?  Did I give them birth?  Why do you tell me to carry them in my arms, as a nurse carries an infant, to the land you promised on oath to their ancestors?  Where can I get meat for all these people?  They keep wailing to me, ‘Give us meat to eat!’  I cannot carry all these people by myself; the burden is too heavy for me.”

I Peter 5:6-7  —  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

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In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lordmake me dwell in safety.

–Psalm 4:8

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