Matthew 6:25-34 (NIV) 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[e]? 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.
Don’t worry…be happy! Ha! That song is going to be stuck in your head now–rolling around and around all day–isn’t it? 🙂 I hope that makes you smile. I love to make people smile.
However, I have to admit that I’m not always smiling. Which, as a Believer, is hard for me to admit since our Joy should come from the Lord; always springing up from within us. I know though that I worry too much, and allow that worry to squelch that Joy inside me.
But…worry is not what Christ wants from us. In fact, it is not what He commanded of us. Take a look at our reference scripture above, from the book of Matthew. Those words, in the Bible, are written in red. “So what?” you say. Well, words written in red were spoken by Christ. Our Saviour told us (not asked or suggested) not to worry in verse 34.
Yet, we worry anyway. Have you ever thought about this as being disobedient to our Lord? I hadn’t until recently. When I think about how I’ve grieved the Holy Spirit in my disobedience–simply by worrying (of all things)–well it breaks my heart and I have to stop and apologize to my Lord.
I must also admit that I struggle with truly repenting of worry. See, repentance is not just admitting your sin & asking forgiveness for it. It is actually recognizing that sin and consciously turning way from it, never to return again. My struggle comes in the “never to return again” portion. The least little fall in my budget or possibly the wrong word spoken…those little things can send me into a worrying tailspin. But…I’ve noticed that as long as my prayer life is strong, and my Bible study is dedicated–basically when I’m in communion with Christ–I don’t worry very much. It becomes much easier for me to take one day at a time and allow the Holy Spirit to guide me.
But…when I step (even a 1/2 step) outside of that communion; outside of His Will, I’m in a state of worry and fear. Whether it’s over bills, lack of money, my job, relationships, health, whatever…I can start to freak out over some of the smallest things in my life.
So, what can we learn from all that I’ve been rambling about here?
Well–first, worry is a form of fear–a fear that something’s going to go wrong or not the way we think it should, etc. And what have we previously determined that fear is? Fear is a lack of faith. Now, I’ve written about that being a lack of faith in skills, experience, abilities, other people. But…in the instance of worry (at least for myself anyway), I see it as a lack of faith in our Lord.
He is: Jehovah Jireh–the Lord of Provision; Jehovah Rapha–the Lord of Healing; Jehovah Shalom–the Lord of Peace; Jehovah Sabaoth–the Lord of Deliverance; Jehovah Shamma–The Omnipresent Lord; Jehovah Nissi–the Lord of Victory….and many, many more.
Jehovah is the highest, most Holy name with which the Jewish people refer(red) to God. I’ve read that, they revere it so much that the names of Jehovah God are not spelled out completely because of their complete Holiness and Power. This means He is absolute. LORD, RULER, and CREATOR of all. So…being LORD of All, shouldn’t we trust that as children of God, He will provide great things for us? (Matthew 7: 9-11– 9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!)
Secondly, as absolute Creator, He created us not with a spirit of fear but with power and love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). So if we are created (born) without fear–why do we worry so? I think fear is a learned behavior (and that will be discussed further on another day); but things come into our lives that shatter the trust with which we are born. Whether it’s an event that someone else forced on us or whether it’s a bad choice we’ve made on our own, those negative things can tear down the confidence (trust, faith) we have in ourselves or in others. When that is gone, fear (or worry) starts to make our consciousness its home.
However, if we read more of Matthew, Chapter 6, we see that our Father has adorned the lilies in the field in their finery; and the birds of the air He says do not toil for their food. He loves us even more and the Word says, “will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” We have to trust that He will…and He says He will…”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. ”
I admit that there are days when the world caves in on me so hard that I have trouble trusting that Provision. But I am His child and He has never failed to provide what I or my family needed. We might not have what we want but we have food, shelter, clothing, transportation, water, electricity and work. It is in the moments when I realize that, despite my doubting, my Lord has delivered me anyway…well, that’s when my faith grows a little stronger and the worrying becomes a little weaker.
I am making a conscious effort to trust Him more everyday to take my worry away. I hope you will take this walk with me.
Heavenly Father, help us to trust you more…to focus on You and Your Wil rather than worry over the little things in this life. After all, You already have all those things under control anyway. We may not understand the hows and the whys of your Control and Provision–but helps us to trust it anyway in order to live life to the fullest, inside Your Will.
In the Holy Name of Jesus I pray…Amen.