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Don’t lie awake worrying tonight

Columbia Biblical Studies: Monday, February 3
Columbia Biblical Studies: Monday, February 3
Vera Kratochvil

Today’s bible study is from the Gospel of Matthew 6:34: So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

In this part of the bible, Matthew is giving instructions to the people concerning fasting, concerning treasures, the sound eye, serving two masters and not worrying. It is all sage and sound advice and will serve us as well today as it did so many years ago. Today’s verse concentrates on letting the troubles of today be enough for today. How difficult that is for so many of us!

How often have you laid awake at night worrying about tomorrow? It might have been a job interview, a test at school, a new romance, an overdue bill, or any one of myriad things that affect us all. We fret and stew, toss and turn, and worry that the worst will invariably happen. But the surprising thing is that so often the worst does not happen. Often the best happens, especially if we put our faith and trust in God and get a good night’s sleep.

Sadly, people have tried vainly to end their worrying through the use of drugs and alcohol all too often. People take medication to temper anxiety, to calm nervousness, to alleviate depression and to help them sleep. None of these, in and of itself is necessarily a bad thing, but all too often they are overused and depended upon for relief. Perhaps there is a temporary abatement of worrying, but it is only followed by deeper and more serious problems that will surely bring ever increasing reason to worry.

But worrying is not always a bad thing, just as fear is not. There are things that we need to worry about. If our car is making a strange noise or we are coughing for no apparent reason, if our heat fails on a cold winter night or someone we love is seriously ill, we have very good reason to worry. Yet, along with this worry, we can find solace and strength in the Lord. We can pray about our worries, take our worries and cares to Jesus, and let Him help us carry the burden. He is always willing and able to d so. Jesus will never give anyone more to worry about than he or she can handle.

So, let the troubles of today be sufficient for today. Surely there will be troubles. There always are. There are always cares, worries, sorrows and heavy burdens. Let us take them one day at a time and let us always share them with our Father in heaven. Let us be able always to ask Jesus to help us carry the load and share our worries. Let Him who has far greater strength than we handle what we cannot handle alone. If we have faith, we know that Jesus will be there for us, in the midst of our joys and in the quagmire of our worries. May we always trust in the Lord and let the troubles of today be enough.

References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock and The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur.

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