Verse and Prayer for Friday 10 July

Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.  
Matthew 6:34 – So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.  Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Solomon and Jesus tell us not to boast or worry about tomorrow.  Solomon tells us not to plan what we are going to do as we don’t know what will happen – and I know from experience that as I go to work with a plan of what I need to achieve in the next seven hours I often open my e-mails or get a phone call and my plans go completely out of the window.  Jesus’ advice seems rather negative talking about worries and troubles, but this is part of the Sermon on the Mount and follows a positive passage about being cared for by God who provides for all our needs and this is what the message is about – relying on God.  They are not telling us not to make plans, but not to make our own plans, and to rely on God.  As we spend more time talking and listening to God and relying on His guidance for our lives, the plans we make will be His plans, and will bring joy rather than worries and troubles.

Father God, thank you that you care about every detail of my life, what I wear, what I eat, what I need, and what I will do.  Help me to rely more and more on you and less on myself.  Draw me closer to you in all aspects of my life.  Amen.

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