There are plenty of things in the world that might give us reasons to worry. If we are the type to watch news programs most of the time , we will find plenty of things to worry about, politics, the economy the environment, global warming and many other things. If you watch commercials, they tell us we should be worried about using the right products, wearing the right clothing, eating the right foods etc. etc. Should we worry about weather you have enough money in your savings or retirement account. We’re told we need insurance for our house, car, teeth, eyes, ears, and anything else that might fail us. We can now purchase insurance in case our car’s transmission breaks or the refrigerator goes on the blink. They say we need to have a certain lawyer’s number handy just in case we’re injured in an accident.
Are you worried yet?
The truth is that we spend a lot of our time worrying about things that never come to pass and as Christians, we are not to be a worrying people. We have put our trust, not in the securities of physical life, but in God. Jesus said, “Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:31-34). Now does that mean that we should be “happy-go-lucky” through life without a concern in the world? Certainly, we are to be concerned about our relationship with God, raising our families, being good stewards over our blessings, and helping our fellow man. But not to the point that it cripples us into a state of ineffectiveness. The bible tells us not to worry, but in everything give thanks to God and His peace, which surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts through Jesus Christ. (Philippians 4:6-7). We can have confidence and ease our worries because, as Peter wrote, we can cast all our cares upon God because He cares for us. (1 Peter 5:6).
In His Name J R Lyons