I Choose to Trust: Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.
Sufficient for the day of its own trouble.”
The world has enough trouble as it is. Worry: “to choke” Fear: Something is coming and it’s not good.
Anxiety “divide the mind” Jesus said, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
We were not wired for worry. We were not fashioned to fear. You were not made for the misery of trembling about tomorrow. “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
If we are going to get free from worry, we have to believe with all our hearts that we cannot control the future. Jesus told us not to worry about tomorrow because “tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”
I can’t control my health future, my family’s future, my financial future or the organization that I work for. I can’t control the members of the church or my neighbors’ actions.
Don’t Worry: The problem is that worry keeps us from doing what we can do. We can be godly in this immoral climate. We can pray. We can be loving and kind to the people around us. We can be the best employees in the company. We can be faithful and working for our local church. God’s church can be more of what He wants it to be.
I will always face uncertainty in this life. To gain a perspective on this read Matthew 8:23-24.
Matthew remembers this storm and it scared him. Jesus knew the storm was coming, yet He led them right into it. Did Jesus want the storm? I think we could say that He was willing for it to arrive. Jesus wanted His disciples to learn something.
Remember John 11 and the death of Lazarus? Jesus delayed deliberately. “That you might believe.” John 11:15.
Back to Matthew 8:23. To emphasize the contrast between faith and doubt, while the storm was brewing, Jesus got in the boat and went to sleep. He was so calm and confident that He intentionally checked out, waiting for the next teachable moment.
We can’t set our hope on the illusion that somehow, we are going to sort everything out one day. There will always be enough to keep us on our knees.
The disciples were wild with fear. Even the professional fishermen knew they were in trouble. So they “woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” (Matthew 8:25)
Notice the response. “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26)
This storm is a faith issue. The issue is always faith, Will I Trust God? Do I believe He has my best interest at heat?
I can bring my burdens to the Lord. When we have burdens and troubles, don’t toss and turn and worry and be anxious. Don’t waste your time counting sheep; be the sheep who runs to the Shepherd. Prayer is the transaction that transfers your burden to God.
The reason so many of God’s people are so heavy with anxiety is we are so poor at prayer.
I choose to trust.Trust is the antidote to anxiety; it’s the resolution not to worry and the destruction of fear. Trust is the act of my will to give my burdens to God. It's like a muscle—as you exercise it, trust gets stronger.
Read Isaiah 41:10-13 to gain some Biblical insight.
Trust means you anchor your heart in the reality of God’s awareness of your situation. He sees more than you can ever see. God, who loves you and is committed to you, will not disappoint you now or in the future if you put your weight fully on Him.
I Trust God’s Statements in Matthew 6:25-34
Read verse 25. I trust that God will meet my needs, financially, physically, emotionally.
Read verse 26. I trust that God cares for me and loves me.
Read verse 27. I trust that God has numbered my days.
Read verse 28. I trust that doing my best is good enough.
Read verses 29-33. I trust that seeking God and His kingdom is the best way to win over worry.
Read verse 34. I trust God to take care of tomorrow.
Now, Your Choice, to Trust or Not to Trust. Ok, I don’t want to worry. I know it’s not good for me. I know its sin, and it’s destructive. What do I do now?
Storms are meant to drive you to your knees where you cry out to God for help. Ask God to develop in you a character of trust. I know I want to be a person who trusts God. I know you share this passion with me.
Are you choosing to trust? It’s one of the choices that can change your life forever. I choose to give my burdens to God and exchange them for His promises.
I choose to trust.