Topic: Strength for Today
[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit. — Jeremiah 17:7-8 (AMPC)
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 26 July 2020 Message
When Jesus instructed us not to worry about tomorrow in Matthew 6, He was saying that we should deal with life one day at a time. He gives us the strength we need as we need it. When we take the strength He gives us and use it to worry instead of take action, we rob ourselves of the blessings God intended for us to have today—not tomorrow or the next day, but today.
So often we miss out on good things because we worry about bad things that may not even happen! For example, a woman had trouble getting to sleep at night for several years because she was afraid a burglar would break in. One night her husband heard a noise in the house, so he went downstairs to investigate. When he got there, he did find a burglar. “Good evening,” he said. “I’m pleased to see you. Come upstairs and meet my wife—she’s been waiting ten years to meet you.”
That was a funny example, but truly think about it. Are you so worn out from expecting bad things to happen that you can’t enjoy your life? If you are, come to Jesus and He will give your soul the rest it needs (see Matthew 11:28-30).
Prayer Starter: Father, I want to be like that tree planted by the waters, so I choose to put my hope and confidence in You. Thank You for taking care of me and watching out for me, so I can be strong, healthy and peaceful. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 26 July 2020 – Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children.