Therefore, do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. — Matthew 6:31-33 ESV
There are hundreds of books and devotionals written on the subject of worry. As a self-confessed chronic worrier, Satan knows exactly what areas he can play in my mind, and it always serves its purpose: to pull me into any direction but the one towards God.
The Greek word used for worry is “merimnaó” which literally means to be pulled apart in many directions. The Gentiles were so worried and dependent on material provision, Jesus had to address the issue head on. If we are seeking dependence on anything but God, we are putting ourselves in front of our creator.
To put it bluntly, worry is sinful. There is no gray area; we either trust God or we don’t. When we worry, two things happen. First off, we lose our witness. When we chronically worry, we are telling others that we don’t believe God is in control. Second, we lose our joy. When we are worried about something, we aren’t present, we are distracted, we are burdened and imprisoned in our own minds, and that affects everything and everyone around us. It even has an effect on our health.
Though it’s easier said than done, our faith should always be stronger than our feelings. Make the choice to trust God today, no going back. Know that God is good, He loves you, and He will always take care of you.
Abba, I know you are good and you will always take care of me. Romans 8:38 says that we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, and I do love you God. I confess any sin of worry and self-reliance, and choose to depend on you, and bring my burdens to you first. I know you will give me wisdom when needed, and your strength no matter what I’m going through. Thank you for your infinite love. In Your Most Holy name I pray, Amen.
What are some of the worries you are facing today?
Write down your worries, and choose to hand them over to God.
Using a concordance, or a reference bible, find verses that address worry, and dig deep into the Word this week.