Do you ever find yourself just worrying about things. Maybe it's how the bills will be paid this month. Will I make the rent? Maybe it's a serious medical issue or test for you or a loved one or close friend. Maybe it's job or work related. Maybe it's the direction our Country is going. Truth is, there is a lot of things to worry about if we want to be a worry "wart"!
Do you know what the Bible says about worrying? It says a great deal really!
"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matt 6:34)
Jesus doesn't want us to worry about anything. He'll supply our needs. The 23rd Psalm tells us in the first verse, "...I shall not want."
But because we are of the flesh, and we have a human mind, we worry. Often we worry because we don't have faith in God that He will supply our need, notice that I didn't say faith that He would supply our need. Our faith should be in Him! Not in exactly what He will do for us, or what we WANT Him to do for us.
We know, and have faith, that He will supply our needs, but we don't know how He will accomplish this, it isn't for us to know. It is possible that one may not be able to make the rent because He wants us to witness to someone along the way or possibly because He has put a trial in our life to help us mature spiritually, to strengthen our faith! We just don't know, and it's not for us to know.
The most interesting thing is that we cannot add a day to our life through worry. Worry doesn't help us at all. It doesn't help us accomplish the end to our worry nor does it make our need go away. Truth is, quite the opposite, we can cause ourselves a lot of physical pain and suffering through worry.
It's simple really, if we seek after his righteousness, through serving Him, then all these things will be added unto us. He'll meet our needs, on His time frame, in His way, not ours!
Matthew 6:31 says, "...take no thought..What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?"
So don't worry about it! Of course that's easier said than done. We do know however, as I mentioned earlier, and any medical professional can tell you, that worry, chronic worry, can cause serious physical and mental or emotional issues, including stress that can even lead to a premature death.
Wouldn't it be easier to lay our needs at Jesus' feet? So why worry! I challenge you to trust Him to care for your needs as a Christian. Certainly there is nothing wrong with good planning and preparations, reducing risks to ours and others health and safety, and/or having a genuine concern for others and the future; but we have to be careful not to let our anxiety overtake us.
We realize that as humans, and because our human nature, we will worry about things from time to time, but again, we need to be in control our worry and our fears. We can accomplish this control through prayer, Bible study, attending church and fellowship with other Christians, and even through pastoral counseling. This means developing a solid personal relationship with God and maintaining that relationship through service to Him. These actions will comfort us in the time of our worry as well.
The idea is to not let worry consume us; we can't often do anything physically to change the outcome of many situations, just make the best of them and learn from them as well as grow spiritually, emotionally and physically. The Bible teaches us that we will mature spiritually from the trials that are set before us.
When worry creeps up on you in your life, will you lay it at Jesus' feet and turn to Him; I know you'll be glad you did. If you're lost and have a worry about your salvation or where you might spend eternity, now is the time to accept Him (Jesus) as your personal savior.
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Gene Davis is Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church and was saved on October 24, 1976 at the Ellsinore First Baptist Church, Ellsinore, MO. and attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, MO. He is a USMC Veteran. He loves to share his love for Christ with anyone willing to listen.