|God can handle your worry.
By Greg Sanders
Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Did you notice that Jesus said more than once not to worry? Don’t worry about it! That is easy to say but hard to do.
We all have things out of our control that we want to control and when we can’t, we worry. That is really hard especially for those of us who are control freaks and like to have a grip on every part of our life. Jesus gives us a few truths to help us with the worries in our life.
1. Remember that there is more to life than what you are worried about.
Worry tries to narrow our focus to the one thing that we lack and cannot control. Worry also blinds us to all the provision that God has for our life Worry gives us tunnel vision so that we cannot see the help and opportunity that is available to us. God enables us to combat worry when we focus on His promises, His calling, and His enabling power.
2. Remember that you matter to God.
God is sustaining all different types of life around the planet. Birds are one example that God mentions. He knows when the smallest sparrow falls to the ground. I am impressed with the awareness of God. He is watching over your life.
3. Rise above worry by meditating on the promises of God.
Someone once said that worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do but it takes you nowhere. We can worry ourselves into a state of paralysis that stops us from functioning in the way that God ordained us to function. 1 Peter 5: 7 gives us a solution to our worry. He says to cast “all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Jesus enables us to rise above worry by casting our cares on Him.
Today’s Challenge: Trust God with the worries in your life. Your worry cannot change one thing. God can change everything, so put your trust in Him.