Fresh Hope – 2nd November 2020

Do you find yourself worrying about the future? What’s more, do your find yourself fearing that something bad is about to happen to you, your spouse, your children and your family? Do you keep thinking about how your wonderful life could all be swept away in an instant for no apparent reason? Do you always stop short of enjoying your life for fear that it all may be taken away? If so, you are not on your own —this is a very real fear that millions of people face on a daily basis. 

Now, of course those thoughts that plague you are a possibility, as we do not know what tomorrow may bring. However, in reality they are more than likely to be sent to your mind in order to keep you paralysed with fear. Think of it like this —rather than being set free to live, you are bound by worry that is keeping you chained in the prison of your own mind. 

My Dad confessed to me some years back that he was overwhelmed by the fear that something bad was about to happen on the family holiday that he and my Mom were about to go on. This was completely irrational for my Dad as he had never been the kind of person to think like that. In the days that led up to the holiday he was privately battling with the thoughts of not going away, but couldn’t really pull out. He was convinced that should they go ahead as planned then it would surely end in disaster of some kind. 

Well, the holiday did go ahead, and upon his arrival home I asked him how it had gone and if any of his worst fears had been realised. He started to tell me that it was one of the best holidays that he and my Mom had ever been on, and that he had come back feeling totally refreshed. ‘I can only think that this was the devil trying to stop me from going somewhere that he knew would be so enjoyable and so refreshing’, he said. Agreed!

Corrie Ten Boom helped more than 800 Jews escape the Holocaust and said about worry: “Worrying about the future is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength. It is carrying two days at once. The truth is each day has its own problems, pressures and concerns. Yet, so often we are tempted to add to the strain of today, with anxious thoughts about tomorrow; regarding things which may never happen.”

How many days so far have you lost worrying about tomorrow’s problems that have never even amounted to anything? I guess the answer could be as many as several years worth. 

The opposite of worry is faith and trust in Jesus that cares about you. He never promises that you won’t go through pain, difficulty or hardship, but He does promise that He will be with you no matter what. 

For nine months a certain Bible character by the name of Job lost almost everything in his life. Listen to his confession, ‘What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me. I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.’ (Job 3:25-26)

He confessed that his fears had resulted in no rest and plenty of turmoil. We can’t say whether his troubles came to him almost as a self fulfilling prophecy, but what we do know is that they had kept him bound long before they happened. 

Today I encourage you to think like this: No matter what may come my way in my life, I’m not going to let what may stop me from living in the now of today. 

Listen to the words of Jesus:
Matthew 6:25, 27-34 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Think about it — worry is worthless. 

Now, get on with making a difference today. 


Pastor Mark

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