“Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matthew 6:25-34, Common English Bible).
I admit it, I am a worrier. There are many nights I lay in bed thinking about all the things that could happen, even though most of them never will actually take place. I wish I could stop. I would love to stop. But, in a few hours when I go to bed again, I will probably take up where I left off last night.
Until the past few years, Cindy would say she wasn’t a worrier. She even told a friend (a self-confessed worrier who wasn’t me) that she wasn’t a worrier. His response? Now he was going to worry that she wasn’t a worrier. In truth, she does worry, at least a little.
The truth is, I don’t worry about the things Jesus tells us we shouldn’t worry about in our Scripture for today. There is enough food in my pantry that I can go at least a few days without going hungry and beyond that, I do know the location of the nearest grocery store. I know what I will wear with come from my closet. Again, if I run out of clothes I know the way to three reasonably close Walmart stores.
If only Jesus was actually limiting our worries to just these things. They are simply examples. Worry is the problem, the things we worry about are just the symptoms of the disease. I read an Facebook meme recently that said our worry is also our lack of faith. Those words seem to play into the Scripture.
I am not really too sure how we move from worry to faith but I can’t seem to help but think it starts with prayer. Prayer is always the first place to start in the hunt for solutions to life’s problems. It seems to me, worry is really no different.
What are you worried about today? If you’re worried, that means its time to pray.
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Joy and Peace,
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