PASTOR’S CORNER: Are you feeling anxious?
Some of the most comforting words of Jesus are found in the sixth chapter of Matthew when He said, “Do not worry about tomorrow …” There is no doubt we are living in stressful times, and we have many “unknowns” about what tomorrow is going to look like. (Many ask: “What will our schools look like? What will happen in November with the presidential election? Could we end up seeing hyper inflation in our nation? What if I end up getting the Corona-virus? Is what we are seeing in our nation today, wearing masks, etc. the new normal? On and on go the questions and the unknowns about tomorrow!)
If we don’t handle it right, we can work ourselves up into an anxious knot worrying about the many things of tomorrow; and when we are anxious about the tomorrows of life, we also lose the joy and peace of today. The good news is that Jesus Christ has something far better for us; He calls us to put our faith and trust in Himself.
I would guess most of us don’t trust (everyone) or just (anybody) who says, “trust me.” We have to get to know them; we need to know their intentions and ability to keep their word. We want to know their character and reputation. However, there is One we can trust and that is Jesus Christ. He has been proven faithful and true to every promise. He came from Heaven into this world to be our Savior and our helper in all that we need. He died on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins to pay the debt we owed, and three days later He rose from the dead, proving before many, many people He was alive. He ascended into Heaven and one day He is coming back to judge this world in righteousness, and put an end to all evil and wickedness forever. In the meantime, He has given the Holy Spirit to help all who turn to God with faith and trust. He gives us new life! So, it is this same mighty, faithful Savior, who tells us so assuredly, “do not worry about tomorrow” instead, “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Further more, for those who will trust Jesus Christ, we are promised that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Now that is good news for all the today’s and tomorrow’s we will ever face!
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