not letting the pressures of life get to us

 

Sometimes there just seems to be too many troubles at once. It can seem like life is crashing in at all sides, and there’s no escape.

That is when we need to heed the words of Jesus all the more, not just these words, but all of them, but this is not a bad place to start (and see the context):

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:34

Of course that is taking for granted that we are committed to following Jesus. But Jesus acknowledges what we run up against everyday. He certainly knew firsthand what that was like.

I find that I need to stay in the word and prayer. And take one thing at a time. In other words tackle the problems as they come. Sometimes all one really needs to do is pray about something, than pray some more and keep on praying until God gives clarity of thought and peace, not necessarily in that order.

In the end we can be assured that our heavenly Father will take care of everything. If it depended on us, we’d lose out here and there. And some things inevitably do slip through the cracks in this world. We live in a broken existence, not meant to be all together; that awaits a time to come, when King Jesus returns and God’s kingdom is fully implemented in and through him.

But God will take care of us, no matter what arises. We as his children are his high priority. And we are in this not just for ourselves, but for others as well, even for the world. So that the troubles of others and of the world somehow become our own troubles which we bring to the Father as well. Believing that somehow, some way he is going to take care of everything, even if we can’t see that, or understand what is happening now.

And so I enter this week anticipating not so much the troubles (some of which I’m already all too well aware of), as much as God’s answer and help through them. As we take one thing at a time, and seek to follow our Lord in the love of the Father.

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