SUNDAY, 27TH AUGUST 2017 READ – DAY: 1 Cor 4-5; Night: 1 King 12-13
THEME: WORRYING DOES NO GOOD
TEXT: MATTHEW 6:25-32
HYMN: EMHB 528 -In heavenly love abiding
Brother John is a highly-placed civil servant. He had risen through the ranks in the service. As he rose, his appetite and life-style had risen. His children had been enrolled in a high-brow school. The fees, though achievable at first, had risen steadily and gone far beyond what Brother John could easily afford on his salary. Not only that, he had three of them in the school because he could not afford to separate them. Now, every time the holiday season comes close, Brother John develops high blood pressure. He would worry ceaselessly on how to meet the high monetary demand. His worries started diminishing his productivity and, gradually, he started making costly mistakes. His bosses started ignoring him both in responsibility and rewards.
This is a scenario that a lot of people inadvertently get into. At first, it is just a small problem and it is left unattended to. Then, it starts growing and it starts impairing our judgment. It is said that a small coin can obscure the view of the sun when placed very close to the eye. So, it is very instructive to listen to Jesus’ advice on worry (Matt 6:25-27). However, rather than worry, a proper review of circumstances will be a positive step in the right direction. When we let our circumstances get out of control worry sets in; we hurt ourselves and those around us. Truly, some events may be out of our reach or power to do anything but God is never limited in all circumstances. When we approach Him in prayer, His words redirect our steps in the right direction and when we follow His instructions, we can allow Him to control the situation.. We cannot, however, struggle for control with God or ask Him to intervene in our terms. It must be according to His will in our life.
MEMORY VERSE: Matt 6:27 “Who of you, by worrying, can add a single hour to his life?”
PRAYERS: My times are in Your care, O God.