My occupation with multiple worries at one time means that I don’t have to worry about any single thing obsessively. I can spread them out, switching the channel of my mind to a different fretful thought when one becomes too overwhelming.
Do not worry about tomorrow.
But what happens tomorrow could alter the destiny of many. So many things could go wrong, yet I feel powerless to stop any of them.
Tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34)
Very true – so why do I waste my energy on the “what-if’s” when there is so much to deal with this day? I fool myself if I think I have control over any of it. But if I start thinking like that, I just sit back and get cynical.
Beth Moore says: “At the end of the day, people do what they want to do. You can’t make them do something else. You can’t force them. You can’t change them. You can’t deliver them. Only God can. And that’s why He’s omnipotent and we’re not.” (So Long, Insecurity)
BEFORE the end of the day, I know that God uses me to influence, to bring about His will. At the end of the day, I need to know that I walked close to Jesus, leaned on Him, followed in His steps. At the end of the day, I want to hear Him say “well done, good and faithful servant,” regardless of the outcome around me and regardless of the choices people make.
We are meant to reflect His character, to show some faint reflection of each of His attributes. Even omnipotence to some degree (perhaps without the omni part). In Paul’s encouragement to Timothy to be faithful, he says in 2 Timothy 1:7 “God gives us a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” This is power expressed with control and a loving spirit. Love is the goal of this dispensed power based on faith. He gives us the power to bring about change, to alter the course of someone’s destiny, to bring about results. He wants to bless us when we join Him in His work.
God is omnipotent and I am not. He has all the power to do whatever He decides He wants done. The best part is that it is always consistent with His character – His holiness, His goodness, His love, and His grace. He knows the passing of every sparrow. He knows the number of hairs on my head. This is a God who is in the details, a God who holds all the power, a God who cares more deeply than we can ever imagine.Photo from http://freeartisticphotos.com