Today’s Church service included a reading from Matthew 6:24-34 where Jesus teaches about us being unable to serve two masters: God and money.
This is one of part of the bible that I really believe in and do my best to put in to practice (I know I should do everything Jesus teaches, but I’m human!). Some of the key phrases in this section are:
v24-25: “… You cannot serve both God and money. This is why I tell you not to be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body.”
v32: “… Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things.”
v34: “So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings”
I often find myself in a tight financial position, and on the face of it, I will be for some time to come. However, I believe that God will see me through any major problems that lie ahead, just as He has in the past. This does not mean I should be reckless with money. On the contrary, I should be careful and not waste it. However, I believe that God will not let me starve or see me penniless providing I follow Him. I have enough to think about with what is happen today, without thinking if I’ll be able to pay the mortgage in 15 years time. Providing we always put God first and material things second, then we will have nothing to worry about. It is only when we start to put things the other way, and put God second, that we will have problems.
In a similar vein, one of my favourite inspirational pieces of writing that I often read is called Two Days We Should Not Worry About:
There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One of these days is Yesterday with all its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring Yesterday back.
We cannot undo a single act we performed; we cannot erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone forever.
The other day we should not worry about is Tomorrow with all its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise and its poor performance;
Tomorrow is beyond our immediate control.
Tomorrow’s sun will rise, either in splendour or behind a mask of clouds, but it will rise.
Until it does, we have no stake in Tomorrow, for it is yet to be born.
This leaves only one day, Today.
Any person can fight the battle of just one day.
It is when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities Yesterday and Tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of Today that drives a person mad, it is the remorse or bitterness of something which happened Yesterday and the dread of what Tomorrow may bring
Let us, therefore, Live but one day at a time.
So, don’t worry, it could be worse. But with God’s help. it won’t be.
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