When worry strikes, if we’re not careful we can often get discouraged or even depressed. We can respond to life negatively, and take our eyes off God and His promises to take care of us. Do you ever think about the fact that God knows, in advance, everything that will happen?
So when you find yourself worried about tomorrow, lift your cares up to the Lord. He already knows the future, and because He is faithful, He will give you whatever you need to persevere through your problems. In the same way that He sustained the psalmist “through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4), He will preserve and comfort you in every trial you face. That’s why you can rejoice with David and say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life” (verse 6)!
God, I don’t know what might happen tomorrow, but You do. I can’t cause good to come from any crisis, but You can. I won’t always be able to meet my own needs, but You will. I thank You with all my heart. Amen.
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