A Word from Our President
You are on the road, and it has been a while since you have been home. Thoughts enter your mind, and you begin to get concerned about your family, a financial situation, or even a work-related issue. You think so long on whatever situation is plaguing your mind that you become anxious. How do you deal with the anxieties of life? In Matthew 6:34, Jesus told His followers, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has troubles of its own.”
Worry really is a sin, because Jesus told us that we’re to cast all our anxiety upon Him. He cares for us! Why do we worry?
What are you worried about? Stop for just a moment and answer that question. Is your worry going to help that situation? I don’t even know what your worry is, but I can answer the last question, no. Your only hope, your only refuge, is to look to Jesus Christ. Let Him meet that need. Cast all your anxiety upon Him. If you have to do it 10 times, 20 times, or 100 times in one day, keep giving it to Him. He promised that He will work for your good in everything.
Here’s another reason it’s so important to spend time with Him. If you don’t, then you begin to carry all the anxiety and worry on your own. The enemy comes to you and plants the thoughts that you have so much to do and can’t spend time with your Lord. That’s a thought to take captive! Martin Luther said that on the days he had so much to do, rather than spending one hour with the Lord, he had to spend two hours. He knew that if he didn’t have extra time with the Lord, then he would never get anything done.
Take time to be alone with God today. And if you are carrying worry and anxiety, ask Him to carry it for you. Practice giving your worries to God. Trust Him enough to say, “Lord I am worried about this thing, but I am going to let You take care of it because my worry doesn’t accomplish anything.” Then hand over your burden to the One who has promised to always be working for your good. Let Him have it because He cares.
I think the importance of spending time with the Lord is obvious. If you don’t spend time with Him, then there is no way you can know Him. But not everybody is convinced of that.
People are looking for light and truth and guidance in all kinds of places and are asking all kinds of questions. What should I do? Where should I go?
Know this. If you are not looking to the living Word of God, then you are following a blind guide. You are a blind follower. You must look to Jesus Christ. He is your Hope. He is your Answer. He is your Shield. He is your Help. He loves you with an everlasting love.