Devotional from Elder Phil Bourgeois
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)
We live in “unprecedented” times as the news reports blare 24 hours a day. Or do we? I wonder what people were thinking in Europe in 1939 or in America on December 7, 1941 – “a date which will live in infamy”? Or what was it like on April 6, 1917 when America entered World War I? How about during the mid-14th century when the bubonic plague was ravaging Europe? What was it like in 70 AD when the Roman General Titus laid siege to Jerusalem beginning in April? Times change, but as Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “there is nothing new under the sun”. Wars come and go. New plagues and pestilence come and go. Sinful people wreak havoc on the world. The world in which we live in is fallen and it can be a fearful place for many.
But Jesus spoke on a number of occasions to remind us all to live in the present and to live without fear and anxiety. One of my life verses is the one that comes before verse 34, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) In times that can be fear provoking, put your focus on the One who is able to keep you from falling, who is able to strengthen you to do all things, who is able to guard your heart and your mind, who is able to heal and give you a peace that passes all understanding, and who equips you by His Word and His Spirit to go into the world and be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Throughout the past 2000 years, it has been Christians who have been called to help others and bear one another’s burdens during times of trouble. In the current crisis, we are now maintaining “social distancing” from one another. But we can still reach out to one another, check in with older neighbors and friends to see how they are doing, call your children or your parent and let them know that you love them and are here for them and let them know that everything is going to be all right, provide the hands and feet to pick up some things for an older person who may have compromised health and may be unable or afraid to go to the grocery store. We can encourage each other and pray for one another, and pray that this time of uncertainty will be the catalyst that God is using to bring others to Himself. You have words of life, words of encouragement, words of hope to bring to another person today. You have actions to take which will make a difference in another’s life today. Pray that God directs your path to those who are in need of practical assistance or a message of hope! He will if you ask!