Luke 2 tells us the shepherds were “sore afraid” when they saw the angel. If you think they were scared, I’ll bet their sheep were terrified. But we don’t read about the sheep getting all worked up about the situation when the shepherds left them behind. They didn’t get together and have a meeting about how their food should be rationed in the event the shepherds didn’t return. Do you know why? After spending so much time with the shepherds, they trusted them.
But let’s use our imaginations and pretend one sheep started to worry about the food supply in the shepherds’ absence. Do you think it would be any better off than the sheep which trusted the shepherds? Of course not. The worried sheep would get the same pasture as the other sheep, but the grass wouldn’t taste as good. Time and energy would have been needlessly spent, all without doing anything to influence the outcome.
You know, we’re a lot like sheep. We depend on God for everything. But like sheep trust their shepherd, we need to trust God. There’s no sense in worrying about every little thing, because in most cases we have no control over what happens. Worrying is a good way to make ourselves miserable, and I’m not going to let it happen to me.
Do you want to enjoy life? Turn your worries over to God. What matters is that you understand God’s going to take care of you. Your Shepherd isn’t scared, so why should you be?
It has been well said that no man ever sank under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear. — George MacDonald
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder