• Wayne Hindson

Forsake those worries today

We live in some pretty strange times right now. Along with a global pandemic, there are droughts, bushfires, and floods happening around the globe. And just yesterday an earthquake hit Victoria as well. With all of that going on, it’s causing people to think about their future, and about the future of our children and grandchildren.

Today more than ever plenty of people are worried. They’re worried about getting sick, they’re worried about what life looks like post Covid, they’re worried about not being able to see their family because of lockdowns. They’re worried about getting a new job or having enough money to pay the rent or mortgage or electricity bill.

Yet again and again we are instructed in the bible not to worry. In fact Matthew 6:31 actually tells us to “forsake your worries”. Forsake is an interesting word that is used here. It doesn’t mean to forget, it doesn’t mean to ignore, it actually means to abandon, to leave behind for good. So in that context verse 31 is telling us to abandon our worries, to get rid of them once and for all.

I know that’s easier said than done. Like you, I worry about things that are important to me. I worry about my kids getting sick, I worry about not having money to feed my family, I worry about the division in our world right now, I worry about the lack of humanity in some decisions that are being made.

Does any of that resonate with you? Have you got things that you worry about as well? Maybe it is your health, maybe it is your future, maybe it’s your neighbour. I don’t know what it is for you but I think we can agree that none of us have really succeeded in abandoning the worries of this world.

We may be able to lay them down for a season, but we’re pretty good at picking them up again as well. We can forget those worries from time to time, but forsaking them is something that is much more difficult to do. Yet that is exactly what we are instructed to do in this verse.

The reality is there are so many things that we can worry about but the truth is that God is still the same today as He was before this global pandemic started. He hasn’t changed, even though many things around us have, and that’s good news for you and for me. So don’t worry about what tomorrow looks like, just live fully for today knowing that God is in control and He has nothing but goodness for all your tomorrows.

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