Are Your Worries Rooted in Idols?
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” Matthew 6:24-27
What keeps you up at night tossing and turning? What spins in your mind as you work through your mundane tasks, making you want to bite your nails in nervousness? What leaves you pacing and chewing your bottom lip as you run the scenarios over and over in your head?
Anxiety is captivating, and often what makes it so captivating is that it is fueled by an idol. You desire something (an idol), and you fear that you may not get it.
Perhaps your idol is clothing, and you fear not having the nicest shirt at the Young Mom’s meetup. Maybe your idol is marriage, and you continue growing older without any signs of a husband. Maybe your idol is a dream you have for your future, and people keep getting in the way of you fulfilling that dream.
Jesus said you can’t serve two masters. You can only obey the commands of one boss, and eventually you are going to have to choose. He then told His listeners instead of idolizing money, which provided their food and clothing, to instead love God above all, and trust Him with their needs. In His sovereignty, he will provide as He sees best.
Idolizing food, clothing, money, or anything will not get us what we need. It will only have us miserable as we continue to try to fill ourselves with something that always wants more. Instead, become satisfied in God and trust your desires and needs to Him.
God, I know my heart is often captivated by worthless idols. I know I am often led astray by the newest, shiny idol the world places in front of me. Help me to stop anxiously pursuing these things and instead to trust my life in Your hands. Help me to be captivated by You instead. Thank you for Your sovereign hand that perfectly cares for every aspect of my life. Thank You for being faithfully trustworthy. Amen.
Consider the questions I asked in the beginning. What do you worry about the most? Take some time to search your heart, and consider if your worries are rooted in an idol.