Matthew 6:25-27: 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? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Are you the type of person that tends to worry? Do you spend more time worrying about what could go wrong that you do enjoying the many wonderful blessings in life. Well, if you do, you are certainly not alone. All of us worry about certain things and we all worry to varying degrees. And many times we are inclined to worry about things that we have little or no control over. Jesus tells us in this passage from Matthew that worry will not “add a single hour to your life.” Modern medicine can certainly confirm that.
I’m the type of person who tends to worry. And like most people, I usually worry about things that I have little control over. As a parent, I naturally worry about my children at times but I am absolutely confident that they are also God’s children. So at the beginning of each day, I pray for each of them and ask God to watch over them that day. Through prayer, I am able to give that worry over to God. 1 Peter 5:7: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
I am convinced that the evil one whispers thoughts of doubt and worry in our minds in order to prevent us from being all that God has called us to be. Yesterday, I enjoyed preaching at a church that is looking for a pastor. This church is about an hour and twenty minutes from my home. The service went well and the people were wonderful. They were warm and welcoming and I really felt like this was a place where I could serve God well. But on the drive home, worry and doubt began to creep into my mind. I began to worry about how “I” could make this work if called to this church. After a restless night, I woke up this morning realizing that if God is at work in this situation, everything will work out. There is no need for me to worry. I have turned this worry and anxiety over to God.
When I began to worry I turn to several scripture passages that help me to get in the right frame of mind. Psalms 100:4: Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Psalms 139:14: I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Philippians 4:4-6: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:18: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Jesus ends the teaching on worry in Matthew chapter six by saying, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6: 33-34).
Give your worry over to God and let Him care for you and lead you into a more fulfilling life, free from worry and doubt.