Future Fears

Jessica Heikoop

READ : Luke 12:22-34

Which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (v. 25)

Many of us would have to confess that we aren’t anxious about anything except our
worries. “I can resist anything except temptation,” quipped Oscar Wilde.

Worry usually looks something like this: As we allow our fears to prevail, we tend to
let our imaginations run loose. We think of all the bad things that could happen and then
spend our time trying to figure out how to avoid or overcome them. We create countless
worst-case scenarios and try to imagine what we would do if they ever happen. But in these
scenarios, is God ever present? If we’re honest, we’d admit that we usually don’t include
God in our “problem solving” because we think we can handle it ourselves. That’s not
surrender.

God doesn’t want us to be worried about the future. We need to trust that our future is
in his good and capable hands. We need to put into practice what Peter instructed us and
“[cast] all [our] anxieties on him, because he cares for [us]” (1 Peter 5:7). Don’t let
your imagination dwell on “what-ifs.”

PRAYER

Lord, help me surrender all my worries and anxieties to you.