How are your new years resolutions coming?
If you are like most Americans, you have already given up on some of those things that you set out to change in the new year. In fact, statistics say that 80% of new years resolutions fail by this time each year. One area that many seem to battle and resolve each year to change, is the area of worry. We want to be able to live our lives without spending so much time worried about uncertainties and the things we cannot change. A large portion of the population struggles in this area and to some it is a crippling battle that hinders their life tremendously. The scripture tells us, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” God does not want for us to live in a constant state of fear and worry about the events of life. This is not something that just 21st century people deal with but is a universal worry. We find precious promises from Jesus himself in Matthew 6:25-34 about how we can live our life in trust to God and free from the fear of tomorrow and things to come
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 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 by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
No matter what happens we can live our lives in bold assurance that God is in full control. We can also rest in knowing that if we are His children, that he will care for us as he does all his precious creations. The old saying goes “I may not know what tomorrow hold but I know who holds tomorrow.” With that confidence we can truly live life to the fullest for the glory of God.