Do you worry? Are you a worrier? All of us at some stage will have had to face difficult situations that could easily cause us worry. Situations at work or at home. Situations that we face or that loved ones face. Situations out of our control that could easily cause pain or upset, either for ourselves or someone close to us. We ask ourselves how we (or they) are going to cope. We are flooded with "What if…….?" questions. But what does the Bible have to say about such situations, and how we are to deal with worry?
I am confident we know what the Bible says, and, if we are being honest, it is not really open to interpretation or doubt!
‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life.’ (Matthew 6:25).
Jesus is quite clear and pretty blunt – we are not to worry! And it is a command – one we must all try to follow. But God does not leave us to our own devices. He gives us two key elements in this message, which, along with our study of the promises in God’s Word and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, should help us to worry less, if we put them into practice.
Firstly, we must ask ourselves if we REALLY TRUST in a loving and sovereign God. If God looks after the birds and flowers which are here today and gone tomorrow, do we not think our Almighty Heavenly Father will look after us as His precious children? If we don’t, then He rightly describes us as "you of little faith"! (v30) God has promised to provide all we need, just not necessarily everything we want or think we need! And we have His precious promise that ALL things work together for the GOOD of those who love God and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Secondly, we must ask ourselves if we have the RIGHT PERSPECTIVE. God may cause us to go through tough times and tribulations as part of His refining process, but how does a short period of trial compare to the eternity we will spend with Him, free of sin and pain and sorrow? That is why the Lord urges us to "seek first His Kingdom and righteousness" (v33), as that is what really matters. Should we really be over-worried about the here-and-now which will soon be over? Let’s look forward to the reality of the eternity we have been promised, in comparison with which our current troubles are indeed "light and momentary"! (2 Corinthians 4:17)
Of course, this is all fine in theory, but much harder to put into practice! We have reassurance that our Lord Jesus knows what we are going through, and He is not unable to sympathise with our weaknesses. (Hebrews 4:15) But that is no excuse for not working hard, in God’s grace, to obey this command and learn to put it into practice. Bring your worries to your Almighty Father who loves and cares for you, and leave them there! You can trust Him. And let us lift our eyes to Him and to the wonderful future that awaits us.