It is unwise to try to carry next week's burdens today
(J.C. Pittman, 1917)
"Do not worry 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
There is no harm in looking ahead — but it is unwise to try to carry next week's burdens today. There is nothing wrong in looking ahead, but needless worry in regard to the future, is not only useless but injurious — besides evidencing lack of implicit trust in our heavenly Father's care for His redeemed people. Worry looks tremblingly ahead — but never accelerates, and always hinders the speed in life's race.
Yet many drag through life weighted with all sorts of needless cares — and are never in their element unless looking for still more trouble. They are always watching for clouds — and are never content to bask in the sunshine.
Paul has a word concerning the sin of worrying. "Do not worry about anything." The reason is because we are in God's world, and He is able and willing to take care of all His people. "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Never bear more than one kind of trouble at once.
Some people bear all three kinds of trouble at once:
all they have had,
all they have now, and
all they expect to have.
John Wesley said: "I dare not worry — any more than I dare curse and swear!"