Don’t worry about tomorrow.
Don’t put off until tomorrow.
Those were Preacher’s three points during a recent sermon. He used Proverbs 27:1 for his first point. Don’t boast about tomorrow because you don’t know what tomorrow may bring.
I dare say each and everyone of us can give an Amen to that. How many times have we been certain we would do so and so, go here or there, accomplish this or that, and end up at the total other end of the spectrum from what we said we would do?
Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:34 not to worry about tomorrow because today has enough trouble for itself. While discussing this point, the minister said “What if doesn’t come from God.”
It’s true, isn’t it? What if is not from God. It is what causes us to worry and fret. God doesn’t want us to worry and fret.
As a counterpoint to worry, Preacher offered a solution. Flip our worry to trusting God with our problem. I like that.
The last point, was don’t put off until tomorrow what needs to be done today. It has implications beyond the spiritual, doesn’t it?
I’ve mentioned before I’m a huge procrastinator. I also carry around a hefty dose of worry most days. So I’m familiar with these passages of scripture as I’ve worked not to put things off. Or to worry.
Preacher mentioned a story from the Bible which, although I am extremely familiar with it, I never once considered the point he mentioned.
In the story recounting the plagues God sent upon Egypt in the book of Exodus as a result of Pharaoh’s hard heart, and his refusal to let the Israelites leave, there is a moment during the frog plague where Pharaoh says something that makes you shake your head.
Pharaoh had the opportunity through Moses to ask God to rid Egypt of the frog plague immediately. Instead, Pharaoh said do it tomorrow. Leave the frogs hopping around our kitchens, in our cupboards, beds, yards, streets, everywhere, until tomorrow.
Sometimes, like with Pharaoh, God asks us when we want to get rid of our worry. Instead of saying right now, this very minute, we say, aw, no rush. Let me keep worrying with it. I’m sure I can handle it myself. Maybe what I’m worrying about will simple disappear.
Leave it until tomorrow. I’m good, thanks.
Do you think that’s what Pharaoh thought? Do you think he had no faith whatsoever that God would or could indeed get rid of the frogs?
I might not be dealing with physical frogs at this particular moment in time, but I can tell you, I often hold on to my worry frogs until a future tomorrow, instead of trusting God to help me with whatever it is I’m allowing to hop all over my house.
How about you? Do you hold onto your worry frogs until tomorrow? If so, let’s determine to flip our worry, as Preacher said, and trust God with it.
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Then Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and begged, “Plead with the Lord to take the frogs away from me and my people. I will let your people go, so they can offer sacrifices to the Lord.”
“You set the time!” Moses replied. “Tell me when you want me to pray for you, your officials, and your people. Then you and your houses will be rid of the frogs. They will remain only in the Nile River.”
“Do it tomorrow,” Pharaoh said.
“All right,” Moses replied, “it will be as you have said. Then you will know that there is no one like the Lord our God.
Exodus 8:8-10 NLT
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Thank you, Sandy. I had never noticed that. I’m sure there are things I hold on to too long, especially if I’m not feeling good.
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Jamie, I hadn’t notice it, either.
I had never noticed that about Pharaoh and the frogs. It makes a great picture to remember to not procrastinate!
I know, Kathy. I hadn’t either. It’s one of those small, important things we sometimes skip over, isn’t it?