Worry and stress seem to be a constant adversary to the people of faith in the age in which we live. We are concerned about our jobs, paying the bills, our relationships, our children, our churches, our fellowships, our vehicles, and more and more. There is so much uncertainty in our world, especially in the United States, these days. How do we fight against worrying like everyone else?
Here are some straightforward words from Francis Chan’s book “Crazy Love” (page 42):
“Worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives.
“Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace towards others, or our tight grip of control.
“Basically, these two behaviors communicate that it’s okay to sin and not trust God because the stuff in my life is somehow exceptional. Both worry and stress reek of arrogance. They declare our tendency to forget that we’ve been forgiven, that our loves here are brief, that we are headed to a place where we won’t be lonely, afraid, or hurt ever again, and that in the context of God’s strength, our problems are small, indeed.
“Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are?”
And Jesus says:
“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? 26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 “And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. [Matthew 6:25-34]
Be encouraged today that our God is faithful and knows what we have need of even before we ask (Matthew 6:8)! Exalt Him in your heart and mind today, and not your problems, worries, or fears! Lets put the time and energy that we spend on worry instead into seeking first His Kingdom!