Let’s face it…each of us deal with anxiety on some level, likely on a daily basis. I want to address this in a way that I think we can all learn from it. God has plans for us that we get in the way of in many cases…
Jeremiah 33:1-3 says, “Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying, “Thus says the LORD who made it, the LORD who formed it to establish it (the LORD is His name): ‘Call unto Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’”
We all go through difficult times, Jeremiah was in bondage as he experienced this in his life, yet he realized that God was in control…we face it daily, yet we forget to turn it over. There are two things we can’t let dictate our lives…the ghosts of our past, and the fears of our future.
Many folks begin to get a brochure from the IRS that gives you an estimate of what you will have when you reach 67 or 70. Maybe it has sparked worries of not having enough by the time you reach retirement…sometimes the Lord will check you and say, “Are you going to live 30 years in the future and worry, or will you trust Me to take care of you right now?”
The enemy hates for a believer to live in the moment with Jesus Christ; but that is what we must do! Our past should no longer matter, it has happened and we can’t go back and change it…we have to let go of the situations we have faced and move forward. Our future is a story that has yet to be told, and we can learn from our past and make sure we do not repeat the same mistakes, but letting ourselves get into the mindset that we have ruined ourselves is something that only destroys us for the present…which is the moment we are in.
Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 5:21 that “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God.” WOW! How wonderful is it that our sin has been paid in full, taken care of in one act of love that destroyed the bond that sin could have over us…essentially taking care of our past…as well as our future.
Jeremiah got it a few verses earlier as well, in Jeremiah 32:17 he stated, “Ah, Lord God, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for you!”
Our past covered by the blood of Christ, our future is in the hands of a God who can do the impossible…so why would we do anything but live in the moment with Him? Why would we worry about the things we cannot change? Why be fearful of the things that God is already working on that we haven’t even seen?
Renew your focus today! I challenge you to release your past, stop worrying and trying to change something you can’t. Forget about the future and the fears that you have, God is in control and has it already taken care of. Resolve today to live in the moment, THIS MOMENT, that you have with God.