Pastor, David Hartgrove, Crossroads Cathedral Assembly of God
Is your life consumed with worry?
Even for the committed Christian it is easy to fall into the trap of worry. Jesus tells us not to be caught up and overwrought with worry in the beatitudes. In
Matthew chapter 6: 25-34 Jesus encourages us to put our trust and faith in our Heavenly Father instead of allowing our thoughts to be consumed with worry. One illustration that Jesus uses is the fact that the birds are fed by our Heavenly Father and that He cares for us much more than for birds.
In verse 27 Jesus asks the question concerning our stature or our height if we can make ourselves taller just by wishing it to be so. Of course we can’t and have no control over such things. Likewise in verse
28 Jesus mentions how glorious the lilies of the field are in appearance and that if God can clothe them with beauty how much more will He make sure that we have clothing and everything that we need.
The main point that Jesus is making by these illustrations is that often times we allow our thoughts to go wild and we become anxious about life. He encourages us to just apply simple faith in God to meet our needs as we put trust in God instead of letting worry or anxiety to rule our lives.
Jesus tells us instead in verse 33 to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, then all these things will be added to us.” Jesus even goes on to tell us in verse 34 of Matthew Chapter 6 not to be worried about tomorrow. How many of us, ever: those that claim to know and serve the Lord, spend countless minutes and hours and days worrying about tomorrow?
Certainly Jesus is not saying that we should not take responsibility for ourselves nor He is telling not to work if we able to work. He is simply saying that worry and anxiety leads only to more stress and that instead we should put a simple childlike faith in God to order our lives in His will to please Him.
Is it easy to commit our troubles and problems to God instead of worrying about them? No, it isn’t always easy, but it is pleasing to God and beneficial to us. Thank you God for freedom from worry!