Matthew 6:34 – So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Stress has always been a great emotional and physical health problem. Worry is at the heart of stress and is the opposite of rest. Worry and stress come from trying to control our circumstances. They prevent us from finding a place of rest for our mind and our body. Jesus says, “So do not worry about tomorrow.”  The emphasis is mine. After Jesus teaches on the cure for anxiety in Matthew 6, He concludes with this statement found in verse 34. The word so means; based on what I have taught you “don’t worry”! I can’t help but think of the old hymn, “I Surrender All.” It is in the act of surrender that we open the door for the Holy Spirit to enter our situations and give us God’s perspective. Jesus is at the right hand of God the Father and is seated, meaning He is at rest. He is not pacing heaven, trying to solve the troubles of today and of tomorrow.

A friend of mine would always say “one step in front of the other.” What a concept and what an attitude! Stability in physical walking comes through balance and coordination. It is also true in the spiritual realm. If your thoughts are all over the place, so will be your spiritual walk. The Holy Spirit wants to establish us in the promises of His Word. He wants to strengthen us to receive the Word and then to apply the Word of God in our daily life. This is harder than it sounds, but with the Holy Spirit’s help, we can apply the Word of God and enter into His rest. I will not worry about today’s problems, and for certain I will not worry about tomorrow’s. Some people practice mind over matter and positive thinking in this regard. That might help, but I am not speaking of my works, but His power through His Word and His Spirit.

Trust Him today by turning every worry you have over to Him. Speak it to Him and say, “Holy Spirit I give this worry over to you.” I receive from You the rest of Christ. Show me what to do, for You have said, “The steadfast of mind, You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in God the Lord we have an everlasting Rock” (Isaiah 26:3). I choose to trust fully in You my Lord.