“Casting down imaginations…” 2Co 10:5
How does God provide for us? One day at a time. Do you remember the Israelites in the wilderness? God fed them faithfully each day by sending manna from heaven. But some of them wanted to make sure they'd have enough for tomorrow, revealing their lack of trust in God, so they gathered more. But God would only allow them to collect enough for each day; when they tried to collect more the excess rotted.
Understand this: When you worry over the future or things you can do nothing about, it's like trying to store up manna for tomorrow. Before you know it, you feel rotten. God wants you to give tomorrow's concerns to Him because they're too big for you. You only receive enough grace for today, so stay in the moment.
Question: Are you being tormented by the “what ifs”? What if I get hurt or become ill, or the company downsizes and I lose my job? What if people don't like or accept me? What if I can't find someone to love me and I end up alone? What if I'm not hearing from God and I make a mistake? The Bible calls this “imaginations”—you're imagining the worst-case scenario. Paul says, “Cast it down,” for if you don't, you'll live in dread concerning things that haven't happened—and probably never will. What if you “figure it all out,” then God surprises you and does something different, something better? All that time would be wasted. Haven't you already wasted enough time worrying?
Here's an idea: This year relax and let God be God in your life!