Do you worry easily?
Who doesn’t! There’s so much to worry about nowadays: the economy, our health, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, unemployment, our families… the list goes on and on.
A few days ago, while feeling particularly burdened by my problems, I opened up the Bible on Chapter 6 of the Gospel of Matthew. This chapter contains part of the famous Sermon on the Mount.
I had not chosen to read this particular segment because of the way I’d felt. I usually read the Bible from Genesis to Revelations, and this was simply the chapter I was supposed to read that morning. But what a pleasant surprise and relief did Jesus’ words brought to my much-needed heart!
Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (vs. 34)
Jesus was so right! Reading this chapter helped me understand (again) that worrying is a huge waste of my time. I’m better off focusing that energy into accomplishing whatever God has entrusted me to do today – after all, that’s all I can do.
I also discovered that Jesus dedicated a great deal of this teaching to the subject of worry and anxiety. He sure knew His followers would need to hear these words of encouragement over and over again!
He repeatedly told His disciples that God knows our need (vs. 8) and that as the loving Father that He is, He cares for us. However, the Lord does require a few things from His children:
- He wants us to ask – Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)
- He wants us not to worry – 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? (vs. 25)
- He wants us to set our priorities in order – But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (vs. 33)
This last verse really grabbed me. I realized that – in my eagerness to “be responsible” – I had neglected my relationship with God and with my family.
It’s true that some people take this concept of “seeking God’s Kingdom first” as an excuse not to work hard. Of course God wants me to work hard, but first of all He wants me to trust and depend on Him – for He cares for me. (1 Peter 5:7)
If worry and anxiety are making you as miserable as I was that morning, I encourage you to read Matthew 6. Allow Jesus’ words to comfort your heart and fill your mind with peace. Remember: God loves you and He cares for you.