05 July: The Futility of Worry
Our basic human nature wants to be in control of our environment and our life experience. When we can’t, we worry. But what if worry’s futile?
READ EZRA 6 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Have you ever noticed how cold it is right before dawn? Often the moon has run its course and it seems darkest before daybreak. But because I hate the ambiguity of “being in the dark”, and not being able to see ahead, I lose patience in the wait and often jump to take over.
But just as it looked like there was no hope at all, in yesterday’s Breadcrumb, the tables have turned suddenly around today. If anyone was worrying up to this point in this epic storyline, their worry has been futile. In a bizarre turn of events, those who were opposing the Creator God in HIStory yesterday [v6-7], are now ordered in today’s chapter, to supply his workers fully. [v8-10] The Creator of all things is capable of accomplishing all that He’s promised us. Stewing and worrying does little to change His mind or our circumstances.[a] Just as it’s futile to oppose the Creator God, it’s also futile to worry. Instead, we’re better to redirect that energy to trust, obey, and wait.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Wanting to speak directly with the One in control of it all? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
May all the earth tremble before You! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. Let the heavens rejoice and let the earth be glad; let it be said among the nations: “Our Lord reigns!” [1 Chronicles 16:30-31]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: God’s Grace on Indonesia[c]
Your Country: Blessing on your country
Yourself: An eternal perspective
Your concerns for today
You Lord are good, a refuge in times of trouble. You care for those who trust in You. [Nahum 1:7]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Thank-you Father, that You saved me, not because of any righteous things I’ve done, but because of Your mercy. You saved me through the washing of rebirth and renewal by Your Holy Spirit. [Titus 3:5]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Because You are upright, Lord, You’re my Rock. There’s no wickedness in You. [Psalm 92:15]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[d] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing our Maker’s script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from His Handbook in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Our Maker’s Handbook
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” [2 Timothy 2:15]
[a] Matthew 6:25-34
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31