“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“Thy Will Be Done”

(Please read Matthew 6:9-13)

July 19

If you have a tendency to worry, national and world events can certainly add a lot of grist for your mill. We can look at the prolonged struggle in the Middle East and wonder whether and how it will ever end. And there is always an energy crisis, environmental scare or the declining state of our country’s morals to fret about.

Yes, it’s hard not to worry, hard to follow the biblical exhortation to cast our cares on the Lord. So let’s think about some ways to help us keep our heads in times of fear and uncertainty.

First, always remember that we still have much to be thankful for. In spite of its faults, ours is a great nation which we love and appreciate. Our ardent thanksgiving for our country, while it may not eradicate our fears, is sure to help us keep things in perspective.

Second, remember how Jesus taught his disciples to pray, “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” And let’s recall that God does not necessarily operate by our timetable. Jesus said, “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power” (Acts 1:7). We should realize, then, that God’s answers to the world’s problems will come in his own good time, not ours.

When we accept the proposition that God’s will will be done in the world on his own schedule, we will have come a long way toward shedding our anxieties. Then we can sincerely commit ourselves to the plea, “Thy will be done.”

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