Devotionals

Running Uphill
Friday, June 14, 2024 by Rick Stockwell

January 1: Running Uphill

 

READ Matthew 6:25-34

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

- Matthew 6:34

 

I recall Ryan Hall, the American record holder in the half-marathon, stating we shouldn’t think about the next big hill ahead of us while running, but should instead focus on the next step ahead of us. This sentiment dovetails nicely with our scripture reading for today.

What are you worried about—monthly bills, tuition payments, a wayward child, a bully, a strained relationship, your physical appearance, an upcoming presentation at school or work, retirement, health, safety, shelter—or perhaps, at an even more basic level, what you will “eat,” “drink” or “wear?”

What should our response be to these challenges? The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV)

Like the ant, each of us should prepare for the future. (Proverbs 30:25) However, thinking too much about the future can drain our energy and cause us to lose focus on important tasks that need to be done today. Share your problems with God in prayer—even if things seem desperate, with no way out—he has an answer waiting for you.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV)

 

Prayer:  Lord, please help me get through today and not worry about tomorrow.

 

Prayer Focus:  Thankfulness for God’s provision.

 

Rick Stockwell

Rick Stockwell is employed as an IT Program Manager. He teaches Sunday school for kindergartners, is an elder at his church, and is the author of two Christian novels. He's been married for thirty-four years, and has two children and five grandchildren.


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