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June 17

Devotional from Paster Bud

 

Me, Worry?

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie Ten Boom

What brings on worry? Some would say, “What doesn’t bring on worry?”

Is worry an inherited reaction for some people? Is it a bio-chemical induced body symptom? Is it a triggered mental response to certain stimuli? It likely is some of all the above and even more. It is complex and has no easy answers, although it is a common experience.

Certainly the Covid-19 virus has brought great concern to most people and for some it has helped to trigger some very dark times. Worry destroys hope, which is very important for all people and is one of the great components of trust and faith in God, as we can come to know it in Jesus Christ.

Jesus said: “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life,” Matthew 6:25.

The context of this call from Jesus is not to worry about earthly things but focus on treasures in heaven. He further tells us to look at the birds, look at the plants; God causes them to grow and flourish under His care and initiative without any effort. Worry is not what protects or feeds them, it is God in His goodness. The conclusion to all this is; “But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well”. Matthew 6:33.

Our hope is in God at all times, especially in times of crisis and testing. Hope dispels darkness and brings perspective in the hour of greatest need. Perspective is gained by reading and meditating on the person and character of God. One of the great sources of understanding and applying God to life is the Bible.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit”.  Romans 15:13

A devotional booklet that is helpful in understanding the Bible and how it applies to all of life is, “Our Daily Bread”, published by Back to the Bible.  If you wish a copy of this booklet please contact us at office@calvarygospel.ca or 905-563-4151 and we will provide you with your copy.