Why do we worry? What produces that anxiety in our gut? Because we don’t know what a good mood God, our Father, is in. It is easy to confuse God with what we know here about our fathers. God is God. God is completely perfect. God is good all the time. We must get that in our core.
God loves us. He has every good thing in store for us. When we get that at our core, we relax. We are at peace. We don’t worry at all.
May I remember, today, how God works. May I relax. May I be at peace.
“Therefore I tell you: Don’t worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? Consider the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? And why do you worry about clothes? Observe how the wildflowers of the field grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won’t he do much more for you—you of little faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Mt 6:25–34). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Jesus teaches His disciples that we are not to worry. Jesus encourages me to avoid worrying about my physical needs like clothing and food. Jesus assures me that my heavenly Father will take care of all my needs.
I have no need to worry about anything. This is tough for me some days. I am a worrier for sure.
In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells us,
“Do not be anxious and do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
In this Scripture, we learn that we should bring all of our needs and concerns to God in prayer rather than worry about them. I need to focus on being thankful for what I have. I need to focus on what God is doing now.
Worry — What causes it? Am I too world-centered?
- Matthew 6:25 — “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”
- Matthew 6:34 — “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
- Matthew 13:22 — “And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.
- Luke 12:29 — “And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying.”
- Luke 21:34 — “Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life, and that day will not come on you suddenly like a trap.”
- 1 Corinthians 7:33 —But one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife.