Worrying about what will happen to me in the future can quickly lead to unnecessary suffering. But I know why I don’t need to be afraid of the times ahead!
1. I have God’s Word!
The alarm clock rings, but I don’t want to get up. It is Monday morning and I wonder how this week will go. I feel a bit worried when I think of the coming days.
Then I remember something that helped me so many times before. My Bible. My ‘security’ for the day and week ahead; for all the weeks for the rest of my life. If I believe in what’s written there and do it, I have power to overcome everything that troubles me and makes me unhappy. Every day. Everything I need of comfort and help, and everything I need to grow in my spiritual life, I find in this Book.
I think about Jesus who lived by these Words when He was a human being like I am. I must use the opportunity I have today to follow in His footsteps (1 Peter 2:21). I read some verses from the Bible and get the courage to start the day, knowing what God’s will is for me.
2. I have a Friend!
The workday is over. I feel tired and almost have to bite my tongue so that no irritation or impatience comes out of my mouth.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest,” says Jesus in Matthew 11:28 (NCV). Is it as simple as praying on my way home from work? Yes, because He Himself says that He understands our weaknesses. He has been in the same situations during His life here on earth. (Hebrews 4:15.) And when I go to Him, He will give me the power to say No to all irritation and impatience.
I can follow in His footsteps, He who “when He was insulted, He did not answer back with an insult; when He suffered, He did not threaten.” 1 Peter 2:23 (GNT). And He wants to be my Friend and help me every day, so that I never give in to sin.
3. I have heaven within me!
It is evening. I think back on the day. Everyday life is busy, and I have a lot of things to do in the coming days. But I don’t need to worry.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness!” Matthew 6:33. That is the best thing I can do. God’s kingdom consists of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. (Romans 14:17.) I think about how lucky I am to have this eternal, unshakable foundation within me when I’m in the midst of a stressful day. Heaven can fill my heart and shine out from me every day, and then there is nothing to fear about the future.