The free online dictionary defines worry in this way: to feel uneasy or concerned about something; be troubled; to pull or tear at something with or as if with the teeth; to proceed doggedly in the face of difficulty or hardship; struggle: worried along at the problem; persistent mental uneasiness; or a source of nagging concern or uneasiness. Does that just about describe how you felt the last time you were faced with an unpleasant situation or a problem?
Worry does not seem to be very productive, does it? Not one of these definitions placed a positive light on worry. Jesus said it best when, in Matthew 6, verses 25 and 26 He says, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to Him than they are?”
Do you believe that? If you do, then worry adds nothing to your life. In fact Jesus went on to say just that in verse 27 and onward. “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.”
It’s a trust issue. Either we trust God and His Word or we don’t. If we trust, then worry is not part of our vocabulary. Oh, it may pop its head up once in a while, but if we remember how faithful God has been, how much He loves us above the lilies and the birds, then we can return to trusting Him with all the situations and problems that arise as part of life here on this planet.
Jesus asks in verse 30, the latter part, “Why do you have so little faith?” Why do we have so little faith? Are we grounded daily in the Word, or do we let life take away the time we need to spend with Him, daily meditating on His goodness and His love for us?
Jesus points us in the right direction when He says in verses 31 – 34, “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God* above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Meditate on God’s attributes when you are tempted to worry. Is He trustworthy, faithful, loving? Did He create you to harm you or to have a relationship with you? Are you able to stand on His Word? Meditate, reflect, and walk in the sure knowledge that He will take care of it. Trust…and Obey.
For further study: Matt 10:19-20; Luke 12:13-26; Phil 4:6-7