#FEARLESS365 is a yearlong study of God’s commandment to us to live without fear. For 365 days, we will focus on one scripture and volunteers from all over the world will share their personal thoughts and what God has shared with them on the specific verse. For more info… go here.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
My wife and I are living in a season of many questions. We are about to have our first child, I am in the middle of a MFA in Creative Writing program, we are living in a new city, and are about to plant a new church all while working full time jobs and trying to get my music ministry off the ground. For me, as the forward thinker, I am always thinking about what is next.
When will the next CD come out?
Are people going to join our church?
Should we get this building I found?
How are we going to care for our son once he is born?
How and when am I going to read and analyze all these books for my classes while teaching and doing all this stuff?
How are we going to pay for all this?
As someone who functions well under pressure, I either forge or fret. Forging pushes and drives to get things done no matter what it takes. Fretting causes me to close off and feel stuck. Nothing gets done when I fret and I just get stuck and nothing gets accomplished. But either choice leave some form of collateral damage to myself or to my family.
In this season, God brings me back to Matthew 6:33- seek the Kingdom of God first and everything else will be added. When you think forward, you try to do whatever you feel is necessary to force something to happen or come into existence. The keyword in all this is YOU. When you live in fear, you are saying in your spirit “God, I don’t trust you so I am going to take control of it.” I have learned time and time again that forcing something or doing something in your power will mess you up in the end. When you do something without God’s anointing or timing, it will fail because human strength can only go so far. You must ask God is this is what He wants from you and how it will build the kingdom of God. After that, you trust that He will make the way for it to come financially, spiritually, physically, and even emotionally. That is why Matthew 6:34 instructs us to not worry about tomorrow. God is the God of yesterday, today, tomorrow, and all that comes thereafter. If you trust God and believe what He said is what He said and his promises are true, He will do what He said in His timing. Trust Him with your tomorrow and live in the moment he has blessed you with now.
What are those future things you are fretting over? What are those decisions that seem so immediate that, honestly, can take a back seat because there are people who need you now? I challenge you to trust God with the plan and your worries.
God, I pray for the person who is reading this right now. They, like me, have a habit of thinking forward and moving ahead. I pray that You give them peace in this moment. Give them the peace to know that You have this and everything else under control. I come against doubt and fear in the name of Jesus and speak faith and hope over them. You are the God of hope so I pray an exchange happens- an exchange of fear for the joy and expectant hope that You give us. I speak over every plan that You have sown in the fields of their hearts. That every seed that is sown by Your hand grow untainted and bring forth a bountiful harvest in Your timing. Thank you, God, for them finding these words of wisdom that You poured through me. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Casanova Green is an Educator, Worship Leader/Recording Artist, Writer, and Pastor who lives in Lancaster, OH. He is a huge LEGO fan and have a desk devoted to building LEGOs in my home office.