September 22

Written by Bill Grandi on September 22nd, 2020

One of the things I read a lot about, especially during this pandemic, is worry. Worry about the virus. Worry about family and friends. Worry about a job. Worry about the future. Worry about money. Worry about how things will be on the other side of it. A pastor’s life is compounded by the sheer responsibility he feels for the people he pastors/shepherds. So multiply a family of four (for example) times 25 or 50 or more. Now you catch a glimpse of the magnitude.

So its easy to worry about things. Both big and small. Jesus speaks to that in Matthew 6: 26-27: “Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you be being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” His picturesque advice for His listeners in just as appropriate for His followers today. He is saying, “Bill (or whatever your name is) don’t worry. I got this and you will be taken care of.” Why should I be anxious? Why should I hoard for fear of the future? Why should I be concerned about where the next dime is going to come from? Jesus has promised He will take care of me. In spite of how easy it is to feel alone, forgotten, left hanging on a string, He has made a promise and will keep it.

Trust Him. He made another promise He keeps: “I will never leave you or forsake you.”

“Father, those words are for me. May I not forget Your promise given in Matthew 6 and elsewhere.”


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. We are not to worry about anything, but to pray about it instead.
    Blessings, Bill!

  2. Ed says:

    During my 20 years(!!!!) experience I was subjected to worry, but not from the source of the worry itself, but from the enemy. It’s kind of strange, because the enemy kept prodding me to worry about things such as my home life, family, finances, future…etc.
    I had to shrug it off, because I KNEW there was nothing that I could do, those things were clearly out of my control.
    I guess he tried to put doubt in my mind, but I always knew that no matter what: God was in total control.
    I was right!