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What keeps you up at night? Likely, you're thinking, or rather, worrying about the future or something that is completely out of your control. Unfortunately, we dedicate too much of our time and thought to things beyond our control, and ultimately, it's useless. "Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?" (Mat. 6:27). Despite all of the times we say we've "turned it over to God," our worries suggest we have not. How is it then, that we'll state God is in control, but at the same time we'll fret with worry and even be disgruntled when things don't turn out the way we think they should? Therein lies the problem: our way. We should have absolutely no doubt that God's will will be done; our issue is we're concerned our will won't be. This is what worries us about things out of our control. The fundamental question is when can we and when shouldn't we "worry?"

It should come as no surprise that it is useless to worry about the future. When has worrying about tomorrow actually made tomorrow easier? How much of the future can we control? We can't control any of it. Some concerns about the future seem mild, such as dinner plans, a speech, or a test. Some seem genuinely major, such as finances, family woes, health and sickness. However, we have to admit that our worries of the future are all worldly. Jesus points out two big flaws we're making when we get ahead of ourselves and worry about this future outside of our control...

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Ben McManus


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