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Jesus challenges us to not worry. God is God, in complete control and in a good mood.

  • God will take care of us.
  • God has our best interest at heart.
  • God takes pride in us.

Do I believe that? Does what I say reflect that? Do my actions make it clear to everyone that is my reality? Do I have that understanding deep in my heart?

At our core, we are concerned we are missing out on something. By trusting in God, we are getting everything God wants us to have. We can relax. We can respond to God. We need to focus on who God is, how God takes the initiative in our life to bring his goals to fruition and how much God loves to provide for our needs.

This is tough but it is essential in God’s World (Kingdom).

Here are the key ideas:

    • We are important to God. No detail of our life is too small for God.
    • God’s goal for us is to relax and focus on God.
    • Take time to know God and how God works.
    • Spend as much time every day on God, his reality, his initiative and how he provides for us.

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

English Standard Version. (2016). (Matthew 6:25–33). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

It is way to easy to let my heart to be troubled. Most days are a challenge. Some are not.

    • So, what are the facts here?
    • I believe in God.
    • I believe in Jesus.
    • God and Jesus are in a good mood and want the best for me.
    • That is the truth and the real deal.
    • I need to start there and stay there.

Since worrying should not be a part of a believer’s life, how does one overcome worry? We are instructed to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” God does not want us to carry around the weight of problems and burdens. God is telling us to give Him all of our worries and concerns.

Why does God want to take on our problems? The Bible says it is because He cares for us. God is in a good mood. God is concerned about everything that happens to us. No worry is too big or too small for His attention. When we give God our problems, He promises to give us the peace which transcends all understanding. Can I get a shout out about that?

For those who do not know Jesus, worry and anxiety will be part of life. But to those who have given their lives to Him, Jesus promised, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

I must focus on the goodness of God. When I was growing up, I never worried about whether I would get fed that day. I was confident that my dad and mom would take care of me. How much more does my heavenly Father care?

  • Psalm 37:8 (NASB) — 8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
  • Proverbs 12:25 — 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad.
  • Matthew 13:22 — 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 10:40–42 — 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Master, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Master answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”