Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:25-27 & 34
“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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Do you worry? Of course, we all worry to some degree. Some of us worry about how we are going to pay the bills each month, we worry about our children and our aging parents, and we worry about what’s going on in the world around us. Some people worry that they are not going to be able to keep pace with their neighbors or family members so they continue to spend more money in order to buy things that they think will make them happy. Most of the time however, the happiness will only last for a little while and then they start their search, and their worry, all over again.
I started writing this post about a week ago and I got bogged down and just stopped. At the time I didn’t have too much to worry about and what I was writing just didn’t sound very realistic. A week later in the real world and now I have plenty to worry about. Facing two car repair bills, a mother and aunt who are struggling with health issues, challenges at work and several other difficult decisions that had to be made and I am not practicing what I preach. I am worried.
Jesus knows that we worry, that’s why he talked about it in his Sermon on the Mount. He recognized that people in the first century worried and he knew that people in our day and time were going to worry, probably even more. I believe that Jesus is telling us that we must stop worrying about the things that we can’t control. How many of our worries are about things that we have absolutely no control over? We worry about past and future things instead of living in the here and now for God. Jesus tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and we will be given what we need.
Many times when I began to worry, I completely leave God out of the picture. I focus on myself and my own limitations as I wonder how I am going to make things right again. And then God reminds me that it is God that will get things accomplished through me. He reminds me that I am a mere human being and that He is the creator of this universe – he can make anything happen! God has a plan for each one of our lives and how it fits into His purpose for this world that we live in.
So when I begin to worry about the many things going on in my life, I have to stop and say, “God, you are in control of my life and anything is possible with you. Lead me where you want me to go and I will follow you.”
When I find myself worrying I usually read or recite these bible verses that help to remind me of the peace and comfort that I can find in my Lord and Savior.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let you hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
“Cast all of your anxieties upon him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7