I woke up early (too early) recently and found my mind drifting to insignificant things and becoming irritated easily. Getting up, I sat in the dark – and though it took a while, I figured it out.
Anxiety. Whether it’s corona virus or our children or our finances or whatever, we’re all just a little on edge right now. And what my heart knows and has to send up to my head is this: God knows and He’s in control.
Oh that sounds so trite, so Christian-ese – to the world. But to me, a Jesus follower, Truth has a way of saying: ‘those little things you were fretting over, those things that could hurt a relationship, those things that have no eternal value – let them go’. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34 NIV)
Since sin invaded human hearts there have been plagues, devastation, destruction. Covid-19 isn’t a new thing, it’s one of many of the devolving aspects of this fallen world. Remember Jesus saying, ‘In this world you will have trouble’? He wasn’t kidding. This world is, has been, will be on a downward spiral til He returns. Why?
Because that’s the effect of broken relationship with God. But there is good news, make that great news. This isn’t how it’s supposed to be and someday He will make all things new.
“And the One sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then He said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” (Revelation 21:5 NLT)
So what’s next? When it comes to all the woes of this world we don’t know. But what is next for us is to keep doing next things. Things like Bible study and prayer. Things like training up our children to know God. Things like showing up for work and doing a great job. Things like loving our family well. Things like reaching out to the lost to show them hope.
As the Bible instructs, take life one day at a time. Live in such a way that God is pleased and others see Jesus in us. Seek the Holy Spirit to show us our next step and our next and do today what we can but trust in God for what we can’t. “This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24 ESV)
Let’s do all our next things – one day at a time – until they add up to a lifetime well-lived.
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Yes! May we all do our next things well in these uncertain days we are living. May we stay focused and keep our eyes on Him for He is faithful in all things!
Keep that focus on Him and we will be useful to Him in a world full of uncertainty. Blessings…
Amen! God is in control. Coronavirus is no surprise to him. The truths of his word still stand. You, me, same page.
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More praise, more prayer, more Jesus in a lost world – may He give us strength to reach out and love…
LET THEM GO – those things of no eternal value! What great advice. I am always surprised when I really stop and consider the things that make me anxious or that I worry over….just what little (or no) eternal value they have!
Yes, it’s so true, much of what we hold on to in this life is of no lasting importance – so with you I will cling to the One who makes an eternal difference 🙂
This is wonderful encouragement. Thank you for sharing and for linking up with Grace and Truth this week!
Blessings as you take each next step with Him, knowing He will show you the way…