God Our Refuge in Trouble

The Bible is replete with admonitions as to the error of borrowing trouble; but no passage decries this habit so emphatically, or enjoins in God more resolutely, than does the sixth chapter of Matthew, verses twenty-five to thirty-four. Here, in his incomparable Sermon on the Mount, after embracing the entire gamut of human needs, our Master, Christ Jesus, tells us plainly how we may have that Mind in us which bespeaks the infinitude Father, who knows every need of His creation at all times, and supplies it. A portion of our Master's magnificent injunction reads: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself." When we allow our thought to be continually troubled and perplexed by trifling things, can we truly be abiding in and trusting Him who careth for all His children?

A little poem called "Invited Guests," by Frances Ekin Allison, laconically illustrates the presumptuous nature of trouble. It reads:

And There Were Shepherds
December 25, 1926

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