Words from the Heart for Tuesday May 10th, 2016
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
Matthew 6:34 (NIV)
Don’t Be Anxious
Tomorrow is filled with many unknowns. What can you do about tomorrow’s unknown situations today? God is Lord and King, and He will meet you with grace and strength to live and walk before Him today. Don’t waste today’s grace on the unknowns of tomorrow. Trust God to give you grace for each day!
In a recent Statistics Canada release, approximately 2.8 million people, or 10.1% of Canadians aged 15 and older, reported symptoms consistent with at least one of six mental or substance use disorders in the past 12 months. The six disorders measured by the survey were major depressive episode, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and abuse of or dependence on alcohol, cannabis or other drugs. This does not include all mental illnesses. For example, the inclusion of eating disorders, psychosis / schizophrenia, other anxiety disorders such as obsessive compulsive disorder, etc. would actually make the number of people living with a mental illness much higher. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadians will experience a mental illness throughout their lifetime. Symptoms consistent with a mood disorder were cited by 5.4% of Canadians aged 15 and older, while 1.5% met the criteria for bipolar disorder in the past 12 months.
Anxiety, a form of fear, can be paralyzing. It can play on our mind so much that we are unable to perform even the most mundane of tasks. It can rise from events around us over which we have no control, or tasks that we believe are beyond our capability. We imagine the worst and fear for what might be. How do we handle anxiety? Jesus gives some good advice in Matthew 6:35: “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Most of the time what we are anxious about never comes to pass. We stew over events that are far off in the future, and by the time we get to them, they aren’t usually the threat we think they are. So Jesus gives some good advice. Take life one day at a time. God always gives the grace we need for each day. He instructs us to pray “give us this day our daily bread.” And He will answer that prayer. Like the manna He offered to the people of Israel that they had to collect each day, we must accept His grace for today and face tomorrow with the confidence that when tomorrow arrives, God will supply the grace we need for that day too. Whatever you are facing today, turn your anxiety into trust and expect His grace.
These have been words from the heart.