A lot of stress is caused by unfounded worries.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Heavenly Father reveals His plan
There is a story about a well-known evangelist was once preaching in Chicago on the first day of a series of Gospel meetings. At the end of the sermon, he felt prompted by the Holy Ghost to give people an opportunity to be baptized. However, since the meetings were scheduled to go on for several days, the evangelist decided to make that invitation the following day. That night, the great Chicago fire swept through the town, causing havoc, destruction, and loss of lives. As a result, the evangelist decided that he would never again close a gospel message without giving people an opportunity to accept Christ.
Heavenly Father often reveals his plan one day at a time.
A lot of stress is caused by unfounded worries. We often worry about the future. How can I raise good kids in this day and age? Will my marriage endure when so many people are getting divorces? Will I ever be able to retire? Will I make it into Heaven? Christ provided us guidance on this matter in Matthew 6:34 when he said, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”
Now, I like to make plans a much as the next guy. I like to plan out my future so that I know what will happen and what to look forward to. I like to have a plan and stick to it as it gives me some security of what to expect in the future. However, too often I look towards the future at the expense of the present.
Cannot control tomorrow
Heavenly Father repeatedly teaches us that we cannot control tomorrow. Proverbs 27:1 teaches, “Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” No one is assured of a tomorrow and if we live our lives always looking to tomorrow, we will miss what our Heavenly Father has planned for us today. Proverbs 16:9 tells us that “A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.”
Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come.
All you really have is today. How do you know what is going to happen tomorrow? The apostle James asked, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” — James 4:14
Heavenly Father is a daily provider. He provides for Monday’s needs on Monday, and Tuesday’s needs on Tuesday. We are to trust Him one day at a time and not become anxious over what we may require tomorrow. He will be there tomorrow, too, with more than enough to help us in our time of need.
I remember hearing a story of a child forgetting to take her lunch to school. She called her dad at 9:00 a.m. to tell him to bring her lunch. The dad replied, “No problem. I’m on it. When is your lunch period?” She replied that lunch is at noon. The dad arrived at her school at 11:55, lunch in hand, and waited for his daughter in the cafeteria. When she arrived, she was visibly upset.
The father said, “What’s wrong?”
She replied, “Dad, I thought you were going to bring me my lunch. I have been worried all morning because you did not come even though I called you.”
“Hmmm,” the father said. “When is your lunch period?”
“Twelve o’clock,” she responded.
“And what time is it now?”
“It’s twelve o’clock.”
“Okay, here’s your lunch.” And he handed over the lunch bag.
The daughter realized she had been worrying needlessly. Her father came through just like he promised, at just the right time.
When you need it
We often worry like the daughter did. We ask God for things we need and then become overwhelmed with worry because it is 10:00 a.m. and He hasn’t delivered our lunch yet. But Heavenly Father’s response is simply, “I haven’t delivered it yet because you don’t need it yet. Trust Me and quit worrying! Your lunch will be there when the clock strikes twelve, because that is when you need it.”
Never forget, God is a daily, on-time provider. As we trust him to provide for our needs as we work to accomplish his work and follow promptings from Him. He will be there on time and ready to help.