Scripture: Matthew 6:25-34
Observation: Jesus teaches that worrying is pointless; instead, we must trust our heavenly Father to provide everything we need.
Application: Anyone else have a mental to-do list that they keep running in their head at all times? From work to parenting to marriage to bills, there always seems to be another “to-do” to add to the list.
In this moment, here are (just a few) things taking up space in my brain, shifting my focus from the things of God to the things of this world:
- Luka’s birthday party
- How I’m going to fit a long run in this week
- My marriage
- When I’ll have time to do a load of laundry
- Starting a new Bible study after writing this one
- Leadership development
- 37 emails that were read but still need to be processed (Help!)
- What I’m going to eat for dinner this week
- Texts I need to respond to
- How I should parent and discipline my son at one-year-old
- Paying bills
- Reach out to a friend because I missed her birthday
… and that’s the short version.
A to-do list isn’t bad; in fact, we are called to live purposeful and responsible lives, which often means checking things off – both the major (the type of parent I should become) to the mundane (37 emails and laundry). But so often, that “to-do” list morphs into a “to-worry” about list, as we allow anxiety, doubt, and fear to creep in between the lines. Our heart starts to beat a little faster, our chest starts to tighten, and all of the sudden, the length and magnitude of that to-do list throws us right into a state of perpetual worry.
Worry is a slippery slope, letting our eyes slide off of God’s provision and instead fixate on our problems. We become focused on survival rather than living the rich and satisfying life we were promised through our faith in Jesus.
“My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10)
As a follower of Jesus, worry has no purpose. It amplifies our fear and diminishes our faith. It breeds selfishness, focusing our eyes on what we have happening in our own lives rather than on others. It fools us into believing we’re on our own, that we’re in this alone, that our God is not who he says he is over and over throughout the scripture.
Worry is a liar, a thief, a waste.
Trust in God is a proven prescription, an anchor, a guarantee.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (v. 33)
Worry snatches, but faith satisfies.
Take every worry and offer it to the God who made you, the one who promises he’ll give you everything you need when you seek him above all else.
Prayer: God, I offer you the worry that plagues my life. I pray you can replace every worry with peace, every doubt with faith. Help keep my eyes focused on you alone. Amen.