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Devotionals by Back to the Bible

Just a Thought

Have you ever traveled with a planner? If so, that’s a blessing and a curse. I’m a planner when it comes to trips. I love to research where to go, what to see, and especially what to eat. I’ll spend hours looking at the right restaurants with the right reviews. The problem is, if not careful, this planning will rob me of what’s happening before my eyes.

Worry, fear, and anxiety do the same thing. Listen to Jesus' words regarding fear and anxiety:  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).

Jesus isn’t saying, don’t plan. God is a planner. Thankfully, he had a plan to rescue us from our sin!

What Jesus is saying is that fear-based planning that causes you anxiety is destructive. You’ve got life going on around you, so be here. Be focused. Be trusting of your heavenly Father.

Just like my dining planning, if I do it obsessively, I miss the beautiful moments with my family. I miss the work God is doing right here and now.

Don’t worry about tomorrow. Don’t fret. Don’t be anxious. Don’t fear what’s coming next. Be prepared, of course. But know that God is in charge. He cares greatly for you.

Remember, God is always bigger than your problems. God’s provision is better than your planning. So take your eyes off the problem and put them on the provider.

Text in Context: Read Matthew 6:25-34

Reflect: What impact does your focus impact your life? What’s the relationship between trust in God and our planning? How does God’s control affect your view of problems?

Respond: How do you know when you are worrying? How do you know when you are trusting God? What will you do to trust God and not fear?

Prayer: Father, thank you for reminding me of your care for all your creation, but especially me. Help me to find the balance between action and trust. I don’t want to fear, so help me trust today.

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About Back to the Bible

Back to the Bible is a worldwide Christian ministry dedicated to leading people forward spiritually. Using media and technology, Back to the Bible meets people at their own spiritual level and walks with them daily into a living, growing and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ by equipping and motivating them to engage Scripture daily. With every 25-minute study, you'll gain a better understanding of what the Bible says, what it means and how to apply it to everyday life.

About Pastor Nat Crawford

Pastor Nat Crawford is the new Bible teacher on the “Back to the Bible” daily podcast. He has master’s degrees in biblical exposition and Christian apologetics from Moody Bible Institute and Biola University. Nat completed his undergraduate studies at Grace University, majoring in biblical studies and business leadership, and went on to serve as a teaching pastor at First Free Church in Lincoln, Neb.

Nat says his passion is helping people know what they believe and why they believe it. “When this happens,” he says, “their love of God increases, and their passion for following Jesus naturally grows.”

Nat is writing a book and plans on beginning his doctoral studies in 2021. He and his wife Tiffany enjoy a full family life with their three boys: Simon, Landon, and Gracen. Nat and his family live in Lincoln Neb.

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