Worry is a Thief - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Worry is a Thief
With Nat Crawford

May 29, 2020

Just a Thought

Have you ever traveled with a planner? If so, that’s a blessing and a curse. I’m a planner when it comes to trips. I love to research where to go, what to see, and especially what to eat. I’ll spend hours looking at the right restaurants with the right reviews. The problem is, if not careful, this planning will rob me of what’s happening before my eyes.

Worry, fear, and anxiety do the same thing. Listen to Jesus' words regarding fear and anxiety:  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).

Jesus isn’t saying, don’t plan. God is a planner. Thankfully, he had a plan to rescue us from our sin!

What Jesus is saying is that fear-based planning that causes you anxiety is destructive. You’ve got life going on around you, so be here. Be focused. Be trusting of your heavenly Father.

Just like my dining planning, if I do it obsessively, I miss the beautiful moments with my family. I miss the work God is doing right here and now.

Don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t fret. Don’t be anxious. Don’t fear what’s coming next. Be prepared, of course. But know that God is in charge. He cares greatly for you.

Remember, God is always bigger than your problems. God’s provision is better than your planning. So take your eyes off the problem and put them on the provider.

Text in Context: Read Matthew 6:25-34

Reflect: What impact does your focus impact your life? What’s the relationship between trust in God and our planning? How does God’s control affect your view of problems?

Respond: How do you know when you are worrying? How do you know when you are trusting God? What will you do to trust God and not fear?

Prayer: Father, thank you for reminding me of your care for all your creation, but especially me. Help me to find the balance between action and trust. I don’t want to fear, so help me trust today.

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I understand. It did stand out to me the comment of "put your eyes on the Provider and not the problem." If we begin to practice that, it will put a new perspective on how we handle our worries. It does take practice.
May i learn to live day by day , not to worry but trusting more in Jesus .
Worry is so subversive in my life. I think I am not worrying but in times of small crisis my panic and fear overtake me. I can obsess over finances also.
May I always remember that as long as my trust in you Lord is everlasting I shall not want or fear but, stead live in your Favor. Praise be to God
Help me Lord to trust you more
Wonderful reminder!
Thank you Jesus for your plan for me
I'm not going to worry, instead i'll pray.
I am going to pray not worry
Follow the Word of God. No need of a planner.
The best of the planner, is God put my trust in God his plan is unfillable.
Fear is a Liar! Satan you are a defeated foe....in the name of Jesus!!
Heavenly Father....I plea your Blood over my Friend. Thank you for your Protection on her life. Continue to comfort her, guide her and meet her every need. Help her to find comfort in your word and trust your guidance in her life. In Jesus name.....AMEN!!
So true father! Yet we get it so wrong ! Help me to get it right Lord ! I fall short here ! I need to focus more on you than the state of affairs of today ! Help me to sustain your peace ! Thank you in Jesus name I pray Amen ✝️🙏🇺🇸
Thank you. Now for me to put into action what thrills my soul from the WORD OF GOD JESUS. Change the chill bumps to a smooth solid highway of action. Smooth not meaning the danger of potholes and Now for me to put into action what thrills my soul from the WORD OF GOD JESUS. Change the chill bumps to a smooth solid highway of action. Smooth not meaning Absence of potholes and detours but keeping the GPS set on GODS destination detours but keeping the GPS set on GODS destination
I'm nervous about going back to work next week. Not worried about Corona.. just now because of it, I have a new schedule. Basically a new job, that I have really no clue what it will look like. I'm a person who thrives on structure and routine... so this is very hard on me. I needed the reminder that God Has Me!! Whatever my new schedule is, and new "job".. I will Trust in God's Plan. It's hard.... but I keep telling myself (I adapt easily and successfully) my new Mantra... Thanks for taking the time to read this. I just realized that putting this in writing my anxiety is getting high... God Please Make Me Stronger in my Faith. I Love and Need You. AMEN
You are welcome! A reminder I need often!
Thank you. I am always in need of being reminded of this.
I keep saving money because of the fear of the future and the economic crisis due to corona situation. I forgot that my God has every situation in control. Thanks
My boss always says we have a "no freak out policy". Pastor Nat, thank you for laying out the difference between planning and worrying. This is very helpful for me. I'm thankful God is a planner and has a plan for us!
Thank you for reminding me how trustworthy, dependable, faithful and awesome God is, and always will be in my life. Father, thank You that You are all knowing, and You know the beginning from the end. My time is in Your hands, help me to make tentative plans recognizing that You have the final say; and the the future belongs to You. Help me not to fear of worry. My future is safe in Your hands.
thank you, as a mother of 6 almost 53, divorce & God has graced me to graduate my 6th child,being reminded of this to just trust God,&cast my cares on him for all of my tomorrow's,i needed this blessings!
Thank you
Thanks it's encouraging
Thanks for this important and relevant reminder
I cry and I get palpitations. That's worry. I reflect on God's many promises, especially today's texts, and I experience "the peace of God which passes all understanding."
Pastor Nat here! Even I needed this message! It's so encouraging to know that when life seems to be out of control, we can choose to trust, cast, and obey. I'm not sure which part is the hardest, but that seems to be the ticket. God is watching over you, friends, no matter what trial you are in!
Thanks for your words reminding us that God is bigger than our fears and that we need to let go and allow him to take care of us.
I don't have to worry just trust in God. Thank you for such an inspirational word.
How did you sleep, Brenda? Sometimes it's really hard...even when you do have faith! Praying for you!
Thanks so much for these words from God, Amen & Amen
Thank you for the reminder that God is in charge, We need not to worry but to trust Him.
I have been trying to find the right words for my thoughts and actions and you always seem to hit them on the nail. I truly believe you know me and I thank you from the bottom of my heart
Thanks for the uplifting message
I’ll be praying for you both.
Uncanny...This is exactly what I ask Gid to help me with this morning...I want to give an all inclusive THANK YOU to God for hearing and answering my prayers...Thank You Heavenly Father.
Psalm 4:8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace For you O LORD cause me to dwell in safety
Wow - today's message, especially the "Reflect" is particularly important to me and a few friends. I'm praying that we all follow Pastor Nat's advise and be in this beautiful moment together and productively - amen.
I’m having a in game a stress test this morning and needed to read this. I woke at 2:30 and couldn’t get back to a good sleep. Praying for good results and for my anxiety to calm down. 🙏🙏🙏
Learning to just give my plans to Him. Write them down and hand them over to God. Worrying robs us of staying connected to the Father. Worry takes our eyes off of God and put them on the problem. God is better than our problems.We can trust Him to handle everything.
Thank you for your words.
Praying that God makes Himself more real to you&your family than ever before. He is our Jehovah Rapha.
Just what I needed to hear right now as I go through this difficult part of my life. Holding on to the fact that I can trust God in my circumstances is what I need each day. My husband is fighting a daily fight against terminal cancer and we have been together for 40 years. Prayers needed please
Since reading these verses many years ago and going to them when I find myself starting to worry, I have found myself trusting Him more and worrying less! Praise God it's a wonderful feeling to rely on Him!
Amen 🙏 🙏 🙏 🙏