By Shawn Watts
Do Not Worry
“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?
One verse I often come to in times of need, of stress, of worry is Matthew 6:25-27. How special are we that our God puts us above all things. All he asks is that we follow him, love him. The love in his words allows us to live freely, not having to worry about small things. Now with these words etched in my soul, I can look the other way when life presents “problems”. If we trust our issues to our Lord, then we simply focus on putting one foot in front of the other.
Do we actually “not worry”? I find it is not always easy. We worry about our families health, about jobs, incomes. When you lose a job, do you say “oh no” or “what’s next?” I find myself more and more saying “Lord, lead the way” when life seems to take an unexplained turn. At the heart of it, why worry, as Jesus said. Life is short and only he knows when we will be called home, so use the passion, the love of these words as a reason to live life full speed ahead with little worries.
This also talks to trust, do we trust Jesus? Do we trust him enough to not worry? Not worry about food? Clothing? A roof over our heads? How is this possible? It is possible through the Cross. Through the blood of Christ. When we turn our life, our focus, our being over to him, we make the choice to not worry, to leave any worry we may have with him. When we do that, he promises to be with us always, to comfort us, to provide for us. He promises to love us in all situations and he promises to walk with us, all the way into eternity. Amen!
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