JANUARY 25

 

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself—Matt. 6: 34.

 

Our Lord assures us that if the main thought of our hearts is His service and the promotion of righteousness and an attainment of the Kingdom, which God has promised to them that love Him, then we need carry no anxious cares respecting the future. As His disciples we will have trials and tribulations enough, day by day, and will need daily to lean upon the Lord's arm as we seek to walk our narrow way. Sufficient for each day will be the evil of itself; and thanks be to God also, we have the promise that daily His grace shall be sufficient for us.

 

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Worry plows furrows not only in the forehead, but also in the heart. The heart that trusts in the sufficiency of God's providences for every need is not only free from worry, but full of joy and peace, and looks with hopeful eyes into the future. It is therefore profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

 

Parallel passages: Matt. 6: 25-33; Job 38: 41; Psa. 104: 10, 11; 147: 9; Luke 12: 24-26, 31; Phil. 4: 19; 1Kings 3: 13; Psa. 34: 9; 37: 25; Rom. 8: 32; Psa. 127: 2; Matt. 13: 22; Luke 21: 34; 1Cor. 7: 32, 33; Phil. 4: 6; 2Tim. 2: 4; Psa. 37: 5; 55: 22; Jer. 17: 7, 8; Heb. 13: 5.

 

Questions: What have this week's experiences been along the lines of this text? How were they met? In what did they result?

 

STRENGTH SUFFICIENT

 

OH, ask not thou, "How shall I bear

The burden of tomorrow?"

Sufficient for the day the care,

Its evils and its sorrow,

God imparteth by the way

Strength sufficient for the day.

 

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