Do Not Worry
Read Matthew 6:25–34
“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? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 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? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
The definition of “worry” according to Dictionary.com is: “to torment with cares, anxieties, etc.; trouble; plague.” We are a culture of worriers, consistently feeling anxious about various things in our lives. Generally, worry stems from wanting to know (and control) the unknown. Sometimes we have more of an illusion of control than others. But when we are stripped of that illusion and realize just how little control we have, our minds can turn to worry. Jesus says do not worry. And He says this because He knows and trusts the Father. He invites us to do the same. The more we trust God, the less we will worry. Most of us don’t just fall into trust, though. It grows over time as we get to know the person we’re seeking to trust. In this case, as we know God more and more, we trust Him more and more.
- How would you respond if someone were to ask you, “What is God like?” What words or phrases come to mind?
- Select one of the words or phrases you identified in response to the question above and reflect on why that particular attribute matters to you. What does it mean that God is that way or has that attribute?
- What worries are weighing on you today? Identify them by name and ask God to bring you comfort and to remind you that He is trustworthy and loving.
God, as an act of trust, I place my worries of today in Your hands. Calm my mind and heart and grant me Your peace. Amen.