Every good work – Hebrews 13:20-21

Amos Johnson and C of E crew who were on the call last night, I came across this prayer in my Bible reading this morning and want to share as I believe it sums up our discussion so succinctly:

Hebrews 13:20-21
Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

My Take: I see His peace, His power, His will…when we are IN and ABOUT that we are in Romans 8:28 territory, that of love and fulfilling our calling for His purpose. That is the ZONE.

No Worries

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34



Matthew 6:25
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?

Matthew 6:27
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his lifespan?

Luke 10:41
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord replied, “you are worried and upset about many things.
Luke 12:22
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear.

Philippians 4:6
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.


Pulpit Commentary
Verse 34. – Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Matthew only. Luke’s conclusion to this section (“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”) is perhaps more closely connected with the preceding verse, and also grander as dwelling upon God’s side; but Matthew’s is more practical, dealing with the subject from man’s side. Christ says, “Because all needful things shall be added, do not have one anxious thought for the future, even for what is coming on the very next day.” Such anxiety shows a want of common sense, for each day brings its own burden of anxiety for itself. Christ here seems to allow anxiety for each day as it comes round. “But,” he says, “put off your to-morrow’s anxiety until to-morrow.” If this be done, the greater part of all our anxiety is put aside at once, and, for the rest of it, the principle will apply to each hour as well as to each day (cf. Bengel). The Christian will ever try to follow the inspired advice of St. Paul (Philippians 4:6) and St. Peter (1 Peter 5:7). The morrow shall take thought for; “be anxious” as supra. The things of itself; for itself (Revised Version); αὑτῆς. The unique construction of the genitive after μεριμνάω led to the insertion of τὰ by the copyists (cf. 1 Corinthians 7:32-34). Sufficient unto the day, etc.; Tyndale, “For the day present hath ever enough of his own trouble.” Sufficient (Matthew 10:25, note).

Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
Take therefore no thought for the morrow,…. Reference is had to Proverbs 27:1. “Boast not of thyself tomorrow”: a man cannot promise or assure himself, that he shall have a morrow, and therefore it is great weakness and folly to be anxiously thoughtful about it. This is expressed in the Talmud (s), nearer the sense of Christ’s words, after this manner:

, “do not distress thyself with tomorrow’s affliction, for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth”; perhaps tomorrow may not be, and thou wilt be found distressing thyself, for the time which is nothing to thee.”

And should it come, it is unnecessary to be thoughtful of it in a distressing manner before hand;

for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. The morrow is here introduced by a “prosopopeia”, as if it was a person sufficiently thoughtful and careful for the necessaries of it: every day brings along with it fresh care and thought, being attended with fresh wants and troubles; and therefore, it is very unadvisable, to bring the cares and troubles of two days upon one; as he does, who is anxiously concerned today, for the things of tomorrow;

sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. This proverb is thus expressed in the Talmud (t), , “sufficient for distress”, or “vexation, is the present time”; which the gloss explains thus,

“sufficient for the vexation it is, that men should grieve for it, at the time that it comes upon them.”

It is very wrong to anticipate trouble, or meet it before hand; if it was for no other reason but this, that every day’s trouble is enough, and should not be needlessly added to, by an over concern what shall be done for tomorrow; or how shall the necessities of it be answered, or the trials of it be endured.

(s) T. Bab. Sanhedrim, fol. 100. 2.((t) T. Bab. Beracot, fol. 9. 2.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

  1. Take therefore no thought—anxious care.

for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself—(or, according to other authorities, “for itself”)—shall have its own causes of anxiety.

Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof—An admirable practical maxim, and better rendered in our version than in almost any other, not excepting the preceding English ones. Every day brings its own cares; and to anticipate is only to double them.
Matthew Henry Commentary
6:25-34 There is scarcely any sin against which our Lord Jesus more warns his disciples, than disquieting, distracting, distrustful cares about the things of this life. This often insnares the poor as much as the love of wealth does the rich. But there is a carefulness about temporal things which is a duty, though we must not carry these lawful cares too far. Take no thought for your life. Not about the length of it; but refer it to God to lengthen or shorten it as he pleases; our times are in his hand, and they are in a good hand. Not about the comforts of this life; but leave it to God to make it bitter or sweet as he pleases. Food and raiment God has promised, therefore we may expect them. Take no thought for the morrow, for the time to come. Be not anxious for the future, how you shall live next year, or when you are old, or what you shall leave behind you. As we must not boast of tomorrow, so we must not care for to-morrow, or the events of it. God has given us life, and has given us the body. And what can he not do for us, who did that? If we take care about our souls and for eternity, which are more than the body and its life, we may leave it to God to provide for us food and raiment, which are less. Improve this as an encouragement to trust in God. We must reconcile ourselves to our worldly estate, as we do to our stature. We cannot alter the disposals of Providence, therefore we must submit and resign ourselves to them. Thoughtfulness for our souls is the best cure of thoughtfulness for the world. Seek first the kingdom of God, and make religion your business: say not that this is the way to starve; no, it is the way to be well provided for, even in this world. The conclusion of the whole matter is, that it is the will and command of the Lord Jesus, that by daily prayers we may get strength to bear us up under our daily troubles, and to arm us against the temptations that attend them, and then let none of these things move us. Happy are those who take the Lord for their God, and make full proof of it by trusting themselves wholly to his wise disposal. Let thy Spirit convince us of sin in the want of this disposition, and take away the worldliness of our hearts.


The past is gone, the future is an unfulfilled promise, today is a present. We are wise to make the most of today. There is no time like now. Time is like a stream of flowing water; a river connected the clouds and the oceans. We are in its midst. Carpe diem. If it’s to be, it’s up to me (and my team and most importantly my God). All I can do is all I can do but all I can do is enough, Lord willing.

This verse appears to be a prerequisite to the previous one due to its position and the ‘therefore’ as v34 begins. Here is v33: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

James tells us not to boast what we care going to do tomorrow and in the future. This verse is like the antithesis. That we should not fret over it. We shouldn’t be over or under confident in ourselves but trust in our mighty God and do our best. He is more than sufficient.

God cares for everyone for He is love yet the principles of life are congruent and work for those who heed his ways and in particular seek to serve Him. Like any healthy relationship, it is reciprocal.


Good God, you know me better than I know myself. You know my needs. Help me to serve you first and watch you work it all out. Your Scriptures are robust in deeds. I trust in You first and foremost.

Slow to anger, quick to praise

Pondering Proverbs 19:11
“Good sense makes one slow to anger,
and it is his glory to overlook an offense.”

My take: Man oh man is this a hard one. There is so much wrong in this half fallen world, yet so much good at the same time. Paradox everywhere. It causes me to think of the Scripture, ‘be at peace with others as possible’ or better yet, ‘do unto others as you wish to be done unto ‘ – the pure golden rule. But yet inspired Solomon does not say we should not get angry but rather be ‘slow to anger’, not to be hasty. I love what Stephen Covey teaches in the ‘8th habit’ book where he implores us to be cognisent and prepared to effectively handle the space between an action and our reaction. That middle ground is so critical. That’s were wisdom should rule. That’s what seperates a wise man from a fool and enlightened humans from the animals.

My prayer: Holy Spirit I need your guidance and the wisdom of God’s Word to guide me in this tumultuous world. Help me to see things from your perspective. Your ways are much higher than mine but help me to rise to at least kite height. Help me to be slow to anger and quick to overlook. Help me to major on the major things, not the minors.


Remaining Steadfast

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12 ESV

Relevant Scriptures

Genesis 22:1
Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

Exodus 20:6
but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Psalm 11:5
The LORD tests the righteous and the wicked, And the one who loves violence His soul hates

1 Corinthians 8:3
But the one who loves God is known by God.

1 Corinthians 9:25
Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do it for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.


From Elliot: (12) Blessed is the man that endureth temptation.–Surely the Apostle links such blessedness with the nine Beatitudes, heard in the happy days gone by upon the Mount with Christ (Matthew 5:3-11). The words he uses in the original are the same as those which are expressed above, in our second, third, and fourth verses, by “patience” and “trials,” and mean a firm endurance, steadfastness, tenacity of purpose, and quenchless enthusiasm

From Henry: It is not every man who suffers, that is blessed; but he who with patience and constancy goes through all difficulties in the way of duty. Afflictions cannot make us miserable, if it be not our own fault. The tried Christian shall be a crowned one. The crown of life is promised to all who have the love of God reigning in their hearts.

My Pondering: We clearly see here God tests us. Yet we also see He doesn’t tempt via evil. What are we to make if that? I personally don’t believe God chooses to control every circumstance in life. Oh, He is omniscient but He wants us to love Him through trials not just because He blesses us. He wants us to love Him for who He exclusively or primarily because of what He gives us. There may not be a reason for every challenge and obstacle that is in our way but I am convinced there is a purpose.

Yes, faith, hope and love rule! Faith to know God has got us covered in spite of our temporary circumstance. Hope to know by His works we can conquer and surpass all. Love. Loving God, the greatest commandment. This is why we exist and why there are tests. To prove our love for God requires this first and foremost our Jesus and the inspired writers would not have said so.

For when we persevere and abide in Christ, our crown of bliss, of eternal life is assured because of love. For John 3:16 sums it up so eloquently: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

My prayers: Lord, help this poor soul stand strong and remain steadfast on Your love.

Worldview, what is it? Where do your thoughts lead you?

This is an awesome info-graph, where do YOUR thoughts take you? Conscious and Subconscious they take YOU somewhere, no doubt.
(only serious thinkers need continue).

Who are you?

You have enormous power to program yourself but by what means and basis?

What Is a Worldview?
FROM James Anderson Jun 21, 2017 Category: Articles

What is a worldview? As the word itself suggests, a worldview is an overall view of the world. It’s not a physical view of the world, but rather a philosophical view, an all-encompassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us.

A person’s worldview represents his most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe he inhabits. It reflects how he would answer all the “big questions” of human existence: fundamental questions about who and what we are, where we came from, why we’re here, where (if anywhere) we’re headed, the meaning and purpose of life, the nature of the afterlife, and what counts as a good life here and now. Few people think through these issues in any depth, and fewer still have firm answers to such questions, but a person’s worldview will at least incline him toward certain kinds of answers and away from others.

Worldviews shape and inform our experiences of the world around us. Like spectacles with colored lenses, they affect what we see and how we see it. Depending on the “color” of the lenses, some things may be seen more easily, or conversely, they may be de-emphasized or distorted—indeed, some things may not be seen at all.

Worldviews also largely determine people’s opinions on matters of ethics and politics. What a person thinks about abortion, euthanasia, same-sex relationships, environmental ethics, economic policy, public education, and so on will depend on his underlying worldview more than anything else.

As such, worldviews play a central and defining role in our lives. They shape what we believe and what we’re willing to believe, how we interpret our experiences, how we behave in response to those experiences, and how we relate to others. Our thoughts and our actions are conditioned by our worldviews.

Worldviews operate at both the individual level and the societal level. Rarely will two people have exactly the same worldview, but they may share the same basic type of worldview. Moreover, within any society, certain worldview types will be represented more prominently than others, and will therefore exert greater influence on the culture of that society. Western civilization since around the fourth century has been dominated by a Christian worldview, even though there have been individuals and groups who have challenged it. But in the last couple of centuries, for reasons ranging from the technological to the theological, the Christian worldview has lost its dominance, and competing worldviews have become far more prominent. These non-Christian worldviews include:

Naturalism: there is no God; humans are just highly evolved animals; the universe is a closed physical system.
Postmodernism: there are no objective truths and moral standards; “reality” is ultimately a human social construction.
Pantheism: God is the totality of reality; thus, we are all divine by nature.
Pluralism: the different world religions represent equally valid perspectives on the ultimate reality; there are many valid paths to salvation.
Islam: there is only one God, and He has no son; God has revealed His will for all people through His final prophet, Muhammad, and His eternal word, the Qur’an.
Moralistic therapeutic deism: God just wants us to be happy and nice to other people; He intervenes in our affairs only when we call on Him to help us out.
Each of these worldviews has profound implications for how people think about themselves, what behaviors they consider right or wrong, and how they orient their lives. It is therefore crucial that Christians be able to engage with unbelief at the worldview level. Christians need to understand not only what it means to have a biblical worldview, but also why they should hold fast to that worldview and apply it to all of life. They should be able to identify the major non-Christian worldviews that vie for dominance in our society, to understand where they fundamentally differ from the Christian worldview, and to make a well-reasoned case that the Christian worldview alone is true, good, and beautiful.

The challenge is greater than ever. But we shouldn’t be discouraged, because the opportunities and resources available to us are also greater now than they have ever been. In the last half-century or so there has been a remarkable renaissance in Christian philosophy and apologetics, much of which has focused on developing and defending a biblical worldview. Whatever God calls His people to do, He equips them to do (see Eph. 4:11-12; Heb. 13:20-21). The problem is not that the church is under-equipped, but that she has yet to make full use of what Christ has provided for her.

This post was originally published in Tabletalk magazine