Mathew 6:25-34

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

As Christians, we are commanded not to worry. If we would record the number of times we worry throughout each day, what would our daily count be? How much valuable time is wasted each day in worrisome thought? Three times in the passage of Mat. 6:25-34, Jesus commands us not to worry. A basic misconception when we process this concept is to give up all planning and to live reckless. Do we literally…take no thought? We know in God’s word that those who plan, experience joy. (Pr. 12:20) We also know the hand of the diligent will rule. (Pr. 12:24) In Genesis (8:22) God ordains seedtime and a harvest. After the crop is planted the farmer is not to worry. Be diligent (hard-working), God will reward you. When you take the time to plan and are diligent with your calling, you cease to have a reason to worry. Is it a sin to worry or is it an instruction to be diligent and hard-working in fulfilling our calling? What is there to worry about? This life is temporary? Only the lost should worry and it’s our job to share the love and promises of Christ to redeem them from this temporary home. When we worry, we mistrust God and fail to apply our faith. Matt. 6:30, Rom. 14:23 and Mk. 9:23. Don’t allow worry to choke out God’s word and plan in our lives. (Mat. 13:22) Our life is a gift from God. Trust him to sustain, cherish His support. Worry is an expression of fear and unbelief. Flee from it!

So how should we cure worry? Seek ye first the kingdom of God. Self-will and doing our own agenda removes our interest in the Kingdom. Most worry has a material root. Matt. 6:24 tells us that we cannot serve God and riches. In Luke 10:38-42 we see how Martha was distracted and Mary had a single eye on Jesus and His word. Seek the eternal which endures forever. Concentrate on accepting and doing the will of our heavenly Father. As His will becomes the dominating influence on our lives, worry flees and joy unspeakable is ours. Live one day at a time. (Matt. 6:34) Jesus promises strength for the day. If you live outside of the present, you are operating in your own power. The God who helps today will help tomorrow. 1 Cor. 10:13 reads “There is no trial today that God will not give the remedy.”

30-Day Challenge: At the end of each day, mentally average the number of times you find yourself processing worry throughout the day. Record your current baseline. Continue this each day and exercise your worry-free muscle and mentally conquer and establish fewer and fewer results. Take control the thoughts in your head as you find yourself pondering on them, compartmentalize them and cast out that wearisome thought. Focus on the calling God has for your life and let Him take care of the rest!

 

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